Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) is now seeking the approval of President Rodrigo Duterte to resume its operations.
PCSO General Manager Royina Garma said they have sent a letter to Duterte for the reopening of lotto games.
The lotto games have been suspended for three months due to implementation of the community quarantine to contain the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Included in the health protocols to be implemented, once the president approves of their resumption, are wearing of face mask both for bettors and lotto agents and safe physical distancing must be observed.
She also said PCSO is preparing for the “digital” system of betting but it is still subject for approval.
“Ini-encourage namin, in fact, hindi lang po sa lotto especially sa STL sa aming proposal ang paggamit ng mobile app at ang pag-allow na gumamit ng automated betting machine kung saan hindi na kailangan ng face-to-face setting through marketing tools na makataya ang ating mga manlalaro (We encourage not only lotto especially small town lottery in our proposal to use mobile app and automated betting machine to avoid face-to-face setting through marketing tools for them to play lotto),” Garma said.