The Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (Pagcor) said the security and safety conditions it required for Resorts World Manila (RWM) were different from other casino protocols, a day after it lifted the suspension order for the RWM’s gaming license.
“Technically, some of the conditions are not the same as each resorts casino has its own security and safety protocols. The conditions set for RWM was based on what we assessed were lacking,” said Vice President Jose Tria Jr., Pagcor’s Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators.
On Thursday, Pagcor said the the lifting of the suspension order against Resorts World Manila’s gaming operations was based on its assessment that the casino’s operator complied with the gaming regulator’s required security and safety improvements.
It said Resorts World’s security and safety improvements, which included but which were not limited to hiring a new security agency and experts to assess the following:
* Increased number of x-ray machines and improved safety and security systems;
* Doubled up deployment of guards with firearms and metal detectors;
* On-going review and improvement of safety and security protocols for various emergency scenarios;
* Had professional structural engineers conduct seminars for employees;
* Obtained fire and safety inspection certificates for building and structural integrity.
Aside from complying with security and safety improvements, the agency said the lifting of the suspension order was in consideration of the casino’s 6,000 gaming operations workforce, whose livelihood has been affected.
“Also, the government loses an average of P14 million per day or P434 million a month as a result of the suspension order,” it added.
Pagcor suspended Resorts World’s gaming license on June 9, following the June 2 battack that took 38 lives, including that of gunman Jessie Carlos.
Pagcor, however, maintained its position that the lifting of suspension order did not disregard Resorts World’s officers and personnel of any criminal liability, which is to be determined by government investigating bodies.
“With the lifting of the suspension order, Pagcor enjoins TIHGI as well as all gaming operators to continuously improve their safety procedures and protocols to ensure that this tragic incident will not happen again. Pagcor wants to move on as an institution. Hence, it is doing what is best andwhat is legal for the greater good of everyone,” it said.
TIHGI is Travellers International Hotel Group, Inc.,which operates Resorts World.