(L-R) RDC Vice Chairperson and NEDA Region IV-A Director Luis G. Banua, RDC Chairperson and Batangas Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas, RDC Co-Chairperson Ladislao L. Andal, PSSUPT. Marceliano Villafranca, representative of Secretary Jose Maria Nicomedes F. Hernandez of OPAST, Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office Board Member Sandra M. Cam, and DAR Region IV-A Director Rene E. Colocar during the Second Quarter 2018 RDC Full Council Meeting on June 26 at Hotel Marciano, Calamba City, Laguna.

Gross receipts from Small Town Lottery (STL) operations have yet to meet our expectations, said Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) Board Member Sandra Cam during the Second Quarter 2018 RDC Full Council Meeting on June 26 at Hotel Marciano, Calamba City, Laguna.

According to Ms. Cam, they are now revising the STL’s Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) and are closely monitoring violations particularly on the under-remittance of the Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipt (PMRR). Among the measures that PCSO is exploring is to increase PMRR so as to increase LGUs’ revenue share and strengthening of the IRR to eradicate the illegal number games.

(L-R) Governor Ramil L. Hernandez of Laguna Province, RDC Vice Chairperson Luis G. Banua, and RDC Chairperson and Batangas Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas.

Laguna Governor Ramil L. Henandez added that the League of Provinces have requested that STL operators seek approval of the local government before operating as the permit to operate a business is different from a franchise. This was affirmed by Batangas Governor Hermilando I. Mandanas who said that all national projects, including PCSO’s, should secure local government endorsement and RDC endorsement before implementation.

To maximize the benefits from STL operations, the RDC passed a resolution urging the PCSO to submit to the Regional Development Council its programs and projects for endorsement, and to require Authorized Agent Corporations to apply for local permits, and empower LGUs to monitor STL Gross Receipts in their respective territories.

The issue on LGUs share from STL was raised in the Council during the First Quarter 2018 RDC Full Council Meeting on March 14. Other concerns such as the STL minimum target, low revenue share of LGUs, and effects to students on the location of PCSO gaming outlets were discussed in the respective Sectoral Committees of the Calabarzon RDC.

Mary Deemple D. Ariate, NEDA Region IV-A | June 29, 2018