Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR)


    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is a 100 percent government-owned and controlled corporation that runs under the direct supervision of the Office of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.The Corporation was created during the Martial Law years by virtue of a Presidential Decree (PD1067-A) issued by then President Ferdinand Marcos in response to calls for the Philippine Government to put a stop to the growing proliferation of illegal casino operations in various parts of the country then. The law creating PAGCOR was later amended and consolidated under PD 1869 otherwise known as the PAGCOR Charter. Pagcor is headed by Andrea D. Domingo, who serves as its chairman & CEO.It currently operates 13 casino branches in major cities across the country’s three major islands. Collectively called Casino Filipino, these branches are strategically located in areas that are popular tourist destinations:


    Angeline P. Papica-Entienza

    A lawyer and Head of the Gaming Licensing and Development Department at Pagcor. She is also assistant vice president of the corporation and took up her post on July 3, 2018.

    Andrea Domingo

    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.

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    Landing International, the company with plans to develop an IR in the Philippines, will be only be allowed to open its casino after it commences operations of its theme park. Earlier this week, Landing announced it had received a provisional IR license from Pagcor to develop the integrated resort. The conditions were listed in a […]

    Pagcor refutes COA findings

    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 […]

    PAGCOR owes government P21 billion

    The Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corporation (PAGCOR) reportedly owes the government P21 billion (US$392.8 million) in unpaid remittances, according to a report from the Commission on Audit (COA), local media reports. Under Presidential Decree (P.D) 1869, the national government is entitled to 50 percent share in Pagcor’s “aggregate gross earnings from its franchise,” while PSC […]

    Former Pagcor official to file appeal against Wynn-favored court decision

    Former PAGCOR official Rogelio Yusi Bangsil Jr., says he intends to appeal a ruling from the Macau Court of First Appeal (TJB), which on Friday announced it had favored Wynn Macau in his damages lawsuit, Macau News Agency reports. In March, the Macau Court of First Appeal confirmed that Wynn Macau had unlawfully disclosed the […]

    Pagcor shakes up management of licensing division

    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. has announced changes to the senior leadership of its Gaming Licensing and Development Department, appointing lawyer Angeline P. Papica-Entienza as its new head.

    PAGCOR could lose “in lieu of all taxes” incentive

    The Philippine Congress is currently considering a bill that could remove the “in lieu of all taxes” incentive currently enjoyed by a number of industries and businesses, including the country’s gaming regulator, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Philstar reports. Under Section 13 of the Presidential Decree (PD) 1869, PAGCOR is currently subject to a […]

    Pagcor says license moratorium to protect industry returns

    The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp said the decision to put a moratorium on issuing further land-based casino licenses in the country was designed to protect investments made by existing operators.

    Philweb fights to regain lost ground

    Almost two years after losing its license in a spat with Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, gaming technology company PhilWeb Corp is on a charm offensive to win back lost business with improved content and services. “I hope you will support us,” PhilWeb President Dennis Valdes said as he recently shook the hand of Pastor Albano […]
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    Duterte dismisses two Pagcor officials

    Two senior Pagcor officials have been fired by President Rodrigo Duterte for their alleged involvement in corrupt activities, according to a report from Philippine Star. The two officials have been accused for issuing gambling permits outside of their respective territories, and issuing too many. “It is rightful to issue permits within your territory, but when […]

    Pagcor net income grows 7.6 percent in 18Q1

    Philippine’s state run gaming regulator, Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), posted net income of P1.4 billion (US$27.3 million) in the first quarter of 2018. Compared to the prior-year period, net income in 18Q1 was an increase of 7.6 percent. Total revenue from gaming operations reached P15.8 billion, an increase of 12.5 percent year-on-year compared […]

    Commission calls for PAGCOR split

    A Philippine commission has recommended that the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Authority should split its regulatory functions from its commercial businesses. The Governance Commission for Government-owned and Controlled Corporations (GOCCs) made the recommendation to President Rodrigo Duterte, saying it was “due to PAGCOR’s conflicting proprietary activities and regulatory functions in which its operation of casinos […]

    Corona crisis restarts talk of PAGCOR casino sale

    The Covid-19 crisis has rekindled debate over the potential privatisation of the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (PAGCOR) casinos to raise funds to fight the pandemic.

    PAGCOR’s targeting of Europe hits the spot

    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.

    License moratorium set to stay, but growth continues

    Philippine Gaming and Amusement Corp. Chair Andrea Domingo’s efforts to further expand the country’s booming gaming industry look set to be thwarted by the continuing hardline stance of President Rodrigo Duterte, who is refusing to budge on his casino ban. Duterte, who came to power in 2016, has repeatedly expressed his dislike of gambling, both […]
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    “I hate gambling. I do not want it. “There will be no casinos outside of what are existing. I am not granting anything.”