Andrea Domingo is the chairman and CEO of the Phillipine Amusement and Gaming Corporation. Domingo was previously the general manager and CEO of t he Philippine Reclamation Authority from 2007-2010. She is also a former congresswoman of the 3rd District, Pampanga, and a Commissioner of the Bureau of Immigration.
Operators in Entertainment City had already begun to complain about the impact of rising competition on their margins even prior to the Covid-19 crisis.
THE Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has donated PHP350 million to the Southern Philippines Medical Center (SPMC) for the procurement of a machine used for cancer treatment.
Asia Gaming Brief's "Life After POGOs" pop-up forum on 9th December was a stellar success, with over 400 participants attending the important discussion.
Andrea Domingo, chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR), speaks with Asia Gaming Brief managing editor, Sharon Singleton, about the introduction of licenses allowing online gaming to be offered to Filipino citizens for the first time.
The Philippines’ decision to issue online gambling licenses to local casinos is likely to present interesting opportunities for suppliers, but the terms won’t create significant business growth for the operators.
Andrea Domingo, chairman and CEO of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has just confirmed her participation in Asia Gaming Brief's December 9 online forum titled "Life After POGOs".
PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo was the guest of honor in Pampanga at a construction launch ceremony for a 100-bed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) hospital project.
PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo on Tuesday said she hopes to see gaming operations reopen gradually from the beginning of June. The chairwoman was speaking through a digitally delivered keynote session as part of ICE Asia Digital 2020. “In the Philippines, we are suffering as much as everybody else. [Perhaps] to a lesser degree […]
Suncity Group’s Philippine unit has donated P50 million ($1 million) worth of personal protective equipment to 40 public hospitals in Luzon province to help battle the coronavirus.
PAGCOR chief Andrea Domingo has revealed that GGR in the Philippines is plunging by around 30 percent to 40 percent since February. “It’s not meeting its target,” Domingo told local reporters, noting the PHP290 billion (US$5.8 billion) GGR national goal is likely to be missed. She added, “Right now, the only ones who are meeting […]
In an effort to stave off the perception that the POGO industry serves only the benefit of the Chinese, PAGCOR chief Andrea Domingo has insisted that about a quarter of all people working at these companies are, in fact, Filipinos. “While POGOs cater to foreign customers and employ foreign customer service representatives who could effectively […]
Andrea Domingo, chief executive officer of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) has today announced her participation in the fourth installment of the ASEAN Gaming Summit 2020. Held at the Shangri-La At the Fort in Manila, the ASEAN Gaming Summit is the largest standalone gaming conference in Asia. The Summit will be held on […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation CEO Andrea Domingo said that the regulator plans to learn from the regulations of the other offshore gaming jurisdictions. Domingo made the comments in an interview with Clarion, organizers of the ICE Totally Gaming set for early February. Domingo noted that PAGCOR is set to send its largest-ever delegation to […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation chairperson Andrea Domingo on Tuesday said her agency will be focused on the sustainable growth of the gaming industry in the Philippines, by placing a halt on the acceptance of any new license applications in the foreseeable future. Ms. Domingo made the comments during the opening speech of G2E Asia […]
The Asia Gaming Brief will be at G2E Asia Philippines, making its official debut Dec. 3-4, 2019, at the Manila Marriott Hotel. The show will serve as a gathering place to showcase the latest products, services, and technologies in ASEAN land-based and online gaming markets, while providing a marketing and networking platform to meet peers, […]
Altech Innovations Business Outsourcing, a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator, has been closed down for failure to pay taxes.
The Philippines Gaming regulator says that nearly 200 “fly-by-night” Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs) have been shut down in the last few months, local media reports. During a press briefing on Tuesday, PAGCOR chairman Andrea Domingo said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the police have been conducting raids on POGOs that are suspected […]
G2E Asia @ the Philippines, the newest addition to the Global Gaming Expo (G2E) Asia series of events, makes its official debut December 3-4, 2019 at the Manila Marriott Hotel. The Philippines show is supported by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) and will comprise of an expo, educational conference, and networking opportunities. “We’re […]
The Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp (PAGCOR) has said it will stop accepting new applications for offshore online gaming licenses after Beijing called on Manila to crack down on gambling operations targeting its citizens.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s spokesman has suggested the leader of the Philippines may be open to lifting a ban on new casino licenses. The ban was imposed in early 2018 on concern about the proliferation of new project applications and shortly after a controversy over plans by Galaxy Entertainment and a local group to build a […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp chairman Andrea Domingo have expressed optimism that the government will not hike taxes for offshore gaming operators in the company. Speaking during the sidelines of the Philippine-Asian Gaming Expo (PAGE), Domingo said that POGOs should still make a profit even when paying taxes to the government. “Not really to overtax… […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has challenged the findings of a recent Commission on Audit (COA) report which accused the regulator of giving “excessive perks” to its employees and dodging remittance payments. The perks, according to the COA, included hefty cash awards and gold “memento” rings for long service employees. In a clarification announcement […]
The Philippines gaming regulator has denied recent claims that Galaxy Entertainment Group would abandon its plans for an integrated resort in Boracay, saying that a final decision has yet to be made on the issue. In a text message, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) chair Andrea Domingo reportedly expressed surprise at the statements made […]
Malaysia’s Genting Group is planning an integrated resort on Boracay island at the Savoy Hotel, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp Chair Andrea Domingo told reporters at the ASEAN Gaming Summit. She said the project, which will be a venture with tycoon Andrew Tan, was in the works before President Rodrigo Duterte took office. “This one […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) Chair Andrea Domingo says the regulator expects to double the revenue it receives from its offshore online gaming license once a new audit platform is up and running. Giving the keynote speech at the ASEAN Gaming Summit, Domingo said last year Pagcor earned PHP3.9 billion ($74.8 million) from the […]
Only one more week remains until the second edition of the ASEAN Gaming Summit, which returns to Conrad Manila on March 20-22, 2018. More than 300 delegates are expected to attend the three-day conference this year, which features multi-tracked sessions, masterclasses, and as always, loads of social events. The first day features a keynote speech […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) chair Andrea Domingo said she expects income earned from online casinos under the POGO scheme to reach P6 billion in 2018, The Inquirer reports. The expected fees are a dramatic increase from the P3.1 billion earned last year. “Not all the licensees were fully operational last year,” said Domingo […]
Revenue of the Philippines’ gaming regulator rose 9 percent to P59.8 billion (US$1.2 billion) in 2017, due in part to improved ties with neighboring countries such as China, said Pagcor chairperson Andrea Domingo. Speaking to the Inquirer on the weekend, Domingo said the figure represented earnings from the casinos it owns and operates, as well […]
President Rodrigo Duterte on Thursday held a meeting with the top executives of Melco Resorts and Entertainment, according to a government news release. While the reasons for the courtesy call was not specified in the release, the announcement made mention of Melco’s new luxury hotel brand NÜWA, which is set to replace the Crown Towers […]
Macau casino operator Galaxy Entertainment Group has confirmed that it is planning on opening a casino resort in Philippines, Bloomberg reports. Rumors that the company was looking to expand its gaming business in the Philippines came about in August after a subsidiary of Galaxy Entertainment Group, Galaxy Casino reportedly chose Negros Occidental Rep. Alfredo “Albee” […]
The Philippine market regulator faces major changes to its role if a new bill is passed by parliament, while the chair of the organization is facing charges for graft and misconduct over her handling of the online industry, local media reports. House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez has filed a priority bill that would see the […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) says it is projecting gross income to reach P61 billion (US$1.2 billion) in 2017. Pagcor chairperson Andrea Domingo announced the regulator’s forecast during the launch of Aqua Planet, the country’s biggest water theme park. “In 2016, it became P55 billion and we are projecting this year to P61 […]
Philippines-listed PhilWeb Corp. will be able to operate again after receiving the green light from the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to become a service provider, Philstar reports. The company was forced to shut down last year after its license expired on August 10, 2016. However, after months of appeal, PhilWeb has been given […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has cut its forecasts for 2017 gross gambling revenue, in part because of the June attack on Resorts World Manila. Pagcor Chair Andrea Domingo told the Inquirer newspaper that the regulator expects to bring in about PHP150 billion ($2.98 billion) this year, down from her March forecast of about […]
Gaming regulator Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. (Pagcor) has indicated that it intends to lift the suspension on Resorts World Manila’s gaming license soon, Philstar reports. On Wednesday, Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo told lawmakers that Resorts World president Kingson Sian had verbally conveyed to her the integrated resort’s desire to have its casino license reinstated […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is due to deliberate on what sanctions will be imposed against Resorts World Manila following last week’s casino attack. The incident at RWM involving a lone gunman claimed the lives of 38 individuals and wounded 54 people last week. The regulator said that, prior to the incident, it […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) has ordered Resorts World Manila to cease all gaming operations pending the results of the investigation of the casino attack involving a lone gunman last week. Resorts World is owned by Travellers International Hotel Group Inc, a joint venture of the Philippines’ Alliance Global Group Inc and Genting […]
The Philippines continues to grapple with the fallout from the attack on Resorts World Manila, with lawmakers threatening a bill that would strip the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) of its power to grant licenses to casinos, local media reports. An indebted problem gambler was responsible for the attack, which left 37 people dead. […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) says it will be investigating possible security lapses at Resorts World Manila that may have led to the casino attack that left 38 dead last Friday, Philstar reports. The gaming regulator said it will be reviewing whether there was leniency, negligence or laxity in security on the part […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR) posted a 26.9 percent increase in net income for the first three months of 2017. The state-run Philippine gaming regulator released its latest financial statement on the quarter on Wednesday – reporting net income of P1.3 billion (US$26.3 million) in 17Q1. Income from gaming operations in 17Q1 was P14 billion, rising […]
MJC Investments Corp. officially opened its P8 billion (US$160.6 million) Winford Hotel and Casino on Friday last week, local media reports. MJC Investments Corp. is a subsidiary of the Manila Jockey Club Inc. (MJC). “I’m quite bullish that, as we diversify the business of Manila Jockey Club, hotel, tourism and leisure will play a bigger […]
The Cagayan Economic Zone Authority wants discussions with the Philippines’ two other online regulatory bodies to establish a common fee structure and regulations to clear up confusion amongst operators in the country. After coming to power in June last year, President Rodrigo Duterte’s pronouncements on online gambling have shaken confidence in Asia’s only regulated jurisdiction. […]
Philippines Gaming and Amusement Corp Chair Andrea Domingo said the regulator is planning to greatly expand its program to license offshore online gaming licenses now it is comfortable it is able to properly monitor and regulate activities. The online regulator began issuing licenses to Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (Pogo) late last year, with an initial […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp Chair Andrea Domingo is predicting strong gross gambling revenue growth for the market again in 2017 and says the regulator is not in a hurry to divest its own casinos, because since January this year they have been generating a profit. The Finance Department, under the administration of incoming President […]
The inaugural ASEAN Gaming Summit kicks off in Manila on Tuesday, gathering more than 300 delegates to discuss the opportunities and challenges of operating in some of the region’s most dynamic markets. Organized by Asia Gaming Brief, the summit will feature more than 60 speakers from both the land-based and online gaming spheres, including leading […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp stands by a decision to pay out P234 million ($4.6 million) in advance rental for a casino under construction at the Army Navy Club in Manila, local media reports. Pagcor Chair Andrea Domingo stood by the decision made by her predecessor during a House Committee on Good Government and […]
Philippine’s largest integrated resort Okada Manila has pushed back the date of its grand opening to the end of March, according to a company press release. Earlier this month, Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo in an interview with The Inquirer was of the understanding that the resort’s full opening was scheduled for February 17. Tiger Resort […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) chair Andrea Domingo denies she was offered a bribe by gaming tycoon Jack Lam, though she admitted having met with him on three occasions, local media reports. Ms. Domingo made the revelation at the third hearing on the corruption scandal involving the Bureau of Immigration (BI) at the Senate. […]
The Casablanca Casino in Clark Freeport Zone has reportedly shut down operations Friday after its operators failed to meet escrow requirements, local media reports. According to Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) chief Andrea Domingo, the operator was not able to settle the remaining escrow amount of P255 million even “after several extension[s].” The casino […]
State-owned Philippines Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) on Tuesday reported net income of P4.5 billion (US$89.7 million) for the full year 2016, up 18.1 percent year-on-year. The gaming regulator, which earns income from taxes, issuance of gaming licenses and operation of its own casinos, reported increased revenue from gaming operations, up 22.9 percent year-on-year to […]
Philippines integrated resort Okada Manila is slated to formally open its doors next month, according to Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chair Andrea Domingo in an interview with The Inquirer. With a full opening scheduled for February 17, the $2 billion development will be the biggest integrated resort in the Philippines, and will mark the […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) posted a strong increase in gaming revenue in 2016, amid a crackdown on online gaming by President Duterte, local media reports. Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo, in an interview with the Inquirer, said gross gaming revenues rose to P55 billion (US$1.1 billion) at the end of 2016, a 17 […]
Philippines-listed Philweb Corp. has raised P 140 million (US$2.8 million) through the sale of its stake in Germany-based Acentic GmbH, according to the company’s filing to the Philippine Stock Exchange. In its filing, the company stated it sold its interest in the German digital entertainment business to Niantic Holding GmbH for US$750,000. The company also […]
The service provider for e-games cafes in the Philippines will be selected in accordance with Republic Act (RA) No. 9184 or the Government Procurement Reform Act, said Pagcor chairman and CEO Andrea D. Domingo in a letter to Philweb dated December 12, 2016. In the letter addressed to PhilWeb Chairman Gregorio Ma. Araneta III, the […]
Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would allow Jack Lam to do business in the country again if he apologized for bribing an official and paid the correct taxes, local media reports. Duterte ordered the arrest of the Hong Kong-based casino kingpin after he allegedly attempted to bribe Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and Pagcor chair […]
Jimei International Entertainment Group has confirmed recent media reports regarding the arrest order placed on its executive director and controlling shareholder Jack Lam. The company was quick to distance itself from the commotion however, which involves alleged bribery and “economic sabotage”. “The Board confirms that the incident mentioned in the articles relate to Dr. Lam […]
Ray Junia, chairman of the Road Users Protection Advocates (RUPA) has urged authorities to investigate Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade in connection to illegal online gambling operations in Clark Freeport in Pampanga. According to Junia, it was during Tugade’s term as head of Clark Development Corp. (CDC) when Jack Lam, one of Asia’s biggest gaming moguls, […]
Arresting Jack Lam without a warrant can only be possible if Mr. Lam returns to the country, said Philippine National Police (PNP) director general Ronald dela Rosa on Monday. Without the arrest warrant, the PNP is not able to work with its counterparts in Hong Kong and Macau to extradite Lam to the Philippines, it […]
President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the arrest of one of Asia’s biggest gambling moguls after he allegedly attempted to bribe Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre and Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo in order to protect his Philippine casino operations. Last week, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre accused chairman of the Jimei Group, Jack Lam also known as Lam […]
Following the revelations that Chinese gambling tycoon, Jack Lam, had offered to pay bribes for the release of 1,316 Chinese nationals arrested in a gambling raid in the Philippines, Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II has urged Congress to look into the “ninong,” or protector. Aguirre claims that a ninong allowed Lam to bring in illegal […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has issued around 35 offshore gaming licenses or POGOs, so far, according to sources, Philstar reports. One source said what remains to be seen is how many of these licensees would actually operate their respective offshore gaming entities. Initially, the gaming regulator said it would cap the number […]
Online gaming stations in the Philippines that are not running on PhilWeb Corp.’s systems are able to continue operations, but are under tight supervision, local media cited the local regulator as saying. “They have legal basis. They complied with all the requirements, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. chair Andrea Domingo was cited as saying. Sites […]
The Philippines gaming regulator has received interest from 76 companies for its offshore gaming licenses, with contracts to be awarded starting this month, local media reports. Pagcor is said have received 76 applications since rolling out its offshore license offering, according to its chairman and chief executive officer Andrea D. Domingo on Monday to the […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation has begun a study into the possible sale of more than 40 “productive assets” to end conflicts of interest arising from being both a casino operator and regulator, local media reported, citing Maricar Bautista, assistant vice president for corporate communications. However, she said the study may take some time […]
Philippines state-owned gaming regulator Pagcor has officially rejected Philweb’s proposal to roll out text-lottery, local media reports. According to the Inquirer, in a letter dated on September 20 to Philweb, Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo said that after a review of the recommendations of “pertinent departments and deliberations of the board”, it was decided that the […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) has ordered the four casinos at Entertainment City to immediately restore the 10 percent license fee cut that was granted to them by the previous administration. According to a report from the Manila Bulletin, Pagcor chairperson Andrea D. Domingo said the regulator has already notified Travellers International Hotel […]
The Philippines government has directed Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to sell its casinos in order to raise funds to support the proposed P3.4-trillion 2017 national budget, local media reports. “Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez has told us to privatize Pagcor-owned casinos,” Andrea Domingo, Pagcor chairperson, told a House budget hearing. “We are now preparing […]
Philippine president Rodrigo Duterte is pushing for the merger of state-owned gaming companies, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) and lottery operator Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO), local media reports. The move was confirmed by Pagcor chair Andrea Domingo during a budget briefing at the Philippines’ House of Representatives this week. When asked about her […]
The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor) has rejected businessman Roberto Ongpin’s latest amendment to donate his shares in online provider Philweb. Last Friday, in a letter to Pagcor chairperson Andrea Domingo, Ongpin asked the gaming regulator to use his 49 percent stake in Philweb for the establishment of a nationwide network of drug rehabilitation […]
Pagcor has confirmed it will soon be issuing online gaming licenses for operators that target overseas punters, a move that could help offset losses from deciding not to renew permits for services used by local Filipinos. “We’re readying the application forms. It’s no longer the Filipinos who are betting but foreigners,” Andrea Domingo, head of the […]
Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation has rejected Roberto Ongpin’s offer to donate 49 percent of his stake in Philweb Corp, local media reports. “The issue is not RVO (Roberto V. Ongpin) or PhilWeb per se. It is the President’s and his government’s opposition to online and onsite gaming because of the social ills and decay […]
Philippines’ gaming regulator has closed the door on a possible appeal by Philweb Corp. to renew its license, according to remarks from its chairman on Tuesday. Last week, Andrea Domingo, Pagcor’s chief announced that PhilWeb’s license would not be renewed, plummeting shares in the company to a 52-week low. Philweb’s majority owner and chairman Roberto […]
Pagcor chief Andrea Domingo has confirmed they will be looking into the activities of Philippines’ special freeport zones that issue licenses to foreign online gaming firms, Reuters reports. Earlier this week, Pagcor announced the scrapping of Philweb’s 13-year monopoly and while its chief was publicly denounced as a corrupt oligarch. Duterte refused to renew the […]
Business man Roberto Ongpin has announced his plans to sell all his shares in PhilWeb Corporation, hoping the move will salvage the business – which lost its license this week, local media reports. Earlier this week, Pagcor chief, Andrea Domingo announced that PhilWeb’s license would not be renewed, plunging shares in the company to a […]
New Pagcor chief, Andrea Domingo, has announced that PhilWeb’s license will not be renewed. Shares in the company have plummeted to a 52-week low. Philweb’s president, Dennis Valdes, had said at the weekend in an interview with The Star that closing the company down would have a huge economic and social cost, with up to […]
Philippines’ Pagcor has already revoked 124 online gaming licenses under President Duterte’s new directives to curb online gambling, reports The Inquirer. According to the Pagcor head, the potential financial impact could be up to P10 billion (US$210 million), but is not expected to hurt the agency’s revenue target of P50 billion next year. Andrea Domingo, […]
Philippine-based Philweb has been granted a one-month extension by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) to continue to operate e-Games cafes across the country. The extension was confirmed by a letter from the gaming regulator on Monday. The company’s current license was due to expire on July 11, 2016. The letter, dated on July […]
Gaming regulator Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) says it is temporarily halting the processing of all online gambling license applications, following President Duterte’s pronouncement against online gambling last week. Last week, Duerte vowed to put an end to online gambling in the country, hours after taking an oath for presidency, saying he will direct […]
Hours after he took his oath, President Rodrigo Duterte has vowed to put an end to online gambling in the country, local media reports. “Online gambling must stop… I don’t want the proliferation of gambling in the country,” he said. Duterte said he will direct PAGCOR chief Andrea Domingo to rescind licenses that have been […]
The Philippine President-elect Rodrigo Duterte has named former immigration chief Andrea Domingo as chair of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. Domingo was a strong supporter of Duterte, a former mayor of Davao City, during his election campaign, according to media reports. She was an organizer of volunteer groups for the Duterte campaign. Aside from […]
The Philippines has been one of the best-performing gaming jurisdictions over the past five years and is expected to continue to outperform, despite rising regional competition, as the country’s operators expand.
The news at the start of the year that PAGCOR was promoting the advantages of gambling operators from the UK and Europe basing themselves in the Philippines comes at an interesting time in the development of Europe’s jurisdictional map.
“I hate gambling. I do not want it. “There will be no casinos outside of what are existing. I am not granting anything.”
The Philippines needs to improve its international image to boost tourism numbers and inbound investment, allowing it to achieve its full potential, local operators say. The noise over politics and instability is overshadowing the country's achievements and natural attractions.
This Dossier results from the “Life After POGOs” editorial project by Asia Gaming Brief which culminated with a pop-up digital forum on 9th December to discuss potentials ramifications in the industry.