Makati City closes illegal POGO firm

MANILA – The Makati City government has closed down a Philippine Offshore Gaming Operator (POGO) firm in Barangay Pio del Pilar for illegally operating without a business permit from the mayor’s office.

Makati City Mayor Abigail Binay said the POGO firm violated the city ordinance and the general community quarantine (GCQ) protocols, including the health guidelines on the Covid-19 emergency.

Some 50 Chinese and a Burmese who were illegally operating in the POGO firm were arrested by the Makati Police.

Binay has tasked the Business Permit and Licensing Office (BPLO) to monitor and perform routine inspections of business establishments within the city even as it is now under a more relaxed GCQ.

Binay along with BPLO personnel, has been inspecting malls and other establishments to ensure that business owners comply with prescribed preventive measures, health protocols, and guidelines against the Covid-19 spread.

“There shall be exception to the rules on social distancing, temperature check, hand disinfection, and the wearing of masks,” the Mayor stressed. She urged the public to report any person or establishment found violating GCQ guidelines and protocols in the city.

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