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Solon wants the government to be sympathetic and just to POGO employees.

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On Tuesday, a congressman urged the government to treat employees of Philippine offshore gaming operators with compassion and justice (POGOs).

This occurred at the same time that the Bureau of Immigration (BI) is now deporting about 48,000 POGO workers after the Philippine Amusement Gaming and Corp. canceled or revoked the operating licenses of the businesses that employed them (PAGCOR).

“We must strike a balance in our approach and demonstrate compassion and fairness to the illegal POGO workers who have come to this country in search of jobs. Inihihingi natin ng maayos na pagtrato; tandaan natin na marami rin tayong kababayan sa ibang bansa (We should remember that we have many fellow Filipinos working abroad and we want them to be treated fairly). Let’s demonstrate to the world that we are not a nation that expects things we cannot practice here at home. In a statement, Rep. Fidel Nograles of the Rizal 4th District remarked, “We have always been a country known for our humanity.

Nograles added, “He was the one who warned we have a potential humanitarian disaster at hand. I trust Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin Remulla is well aware of the issue.”

In addition, he recalled that the Philippines is obligated to provide protection and assistance to foreign employees in the nation as a signatory to United Nations agreements on labor.

The senator withheld judgment on the issue of whether POGOs should be eliminated or permitted to continue operating in the Philippines, particularly because doing so would impact the livelihood of thousands of Filipinos who work in the industry.

In addition to the 17,130 foreign nationals who are lawfully employed in the gaming industry, the Association of Service Providers and POGOs (ASPAP) reports that its member companies employ 23,118 Filipinos, 11,766 of them are direct hires and 11,342 indirect ones.

Before drawing any judgments, Nograles requested that all parties involved be allowed to present their arguments.

To ensure that all POGO enterprises are by labor rules, he stated this would include a labor inspection. To ensure that these businesses are not “dens of abuse,” the government must verify the occupational and health norms in those establishments.

He continued by saying that a stronger policy for the sector might be created if it was evident how well POGOs were following the law, including paying their taxes.

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