Chairman Erineo “Ayong” Maliksi of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) has reportedly revived his proposal to revocate permits of all small town lottery (STL) operators in the country and give their operations exclusively to a maximum of two operators nationwide.
The proposal is still based on a letter that he sent to President Benigno Aquino dated July 13, 2015, or merely four months after assuming office as PCSO chairman.
In the letter, Maliksi also asked the President to allow the PCSO to turn back on its obligations by exempting it from remitting dividends to the national government despite that it is mandated to do so by Republic Act 7656.
He claimed that with his proposal to eliminate all STL operators from the game, revenues of PCSO will increase.
But the PCSO board said the best way to increase STL revenues is to expand in other cities and provinces that currently do not have STL operations.
Based on recommendations of the PCSO assistant general managers of the Gaming, Product Development and Marketing Sector and Branch Operations, the board passed a resolution in 2014 to go into the direction of expanding STL operations nationwide.
STL sales account for only about 12 percent of PCSO’s revenues from games, with lotto still the number one source of revenues.
In the same letter, Maliksi told President Aquino that he is aiming “to amend pertinent laws to abolish PCSO’s mandatory contributions to various government agencies.”
Under Maliksi’s plan, PCSO will no longer give contributions to the Philippine Sports Commission, Commission on Higher Education, Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and Dangerous Drugs Board.
The Manila Times tried but failed to get a reaction from Maliksi or his camp.