• Resorts World security, safety measures upgraded

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    TRAVELLERS International Hotel Group, Inc., which operates Resorts World Manila, said on Friday that it was putting up the best security and safety measures for the hotel-casino by upgrading new technology and development after the recent shooting incident that killed 38 people. The gunman, a known gambling addict, burned himself to death.

    Just recently, Resorts World engaged the services of an international security outfit, Blackpanda, to tighten the external and international security protocols.

    Likewise, the hotel has committed to further intensify its coordination and joint drill sessions with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) for various emergency situations.

    It can be remembered that in early June, the attacker, later identified as Jessie Carlos, 42, a former government employee, barged into the casino area of the Resorts World Manila, firing indiscriminately and setting tables ablaze.

    Thirty-seven of the fatalities suffocated from the heavy smoke caused by the fire.

    The incident followed by an investigation at the House of Representatives prompted the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) to suspend the license of Resorts World until it could comply with the security and safety measures recommended by the gaming regulator.

    But on Thursday, Pagcor lifted the June 9, 2017 suspension of the company’s provisional license, noting that Travellers has taken action to address the issues,
    as well as the welfare of its 6,000-person workforce and their families whose livelihood were affected by the suspension.

    “With Pagcor’s assistance and guidance, we can now start the difficult task of rebuilding as it is also our responsibility to take care of our 6,000 staff and personnel,” Kingson Sian, Resorts World president and chief executive officer, said.

    “We are bringing back the gaming operations on the ground and third floors of our integrated resort. The second floor will no longer be used for casino operations and will be utilized for other non-gaming purposes instead,” he added.

    The gaming operations of the company resumed also Thursday just after Pagcor lifted the suspension. ANGELICA BALLESTEROS

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