STL cre­ates over 10,000 jobs in Min­danao

Manila Times - - REGION -

MORE than 10,000 new jobs were cre­ated in Min­danao in the first three quar­ters of 2017 de­spite the con­tin­u­ing vi­o­lence that spurred the dec­la­ra­tion of mar­tial law, the Philip­pine Char­ity Sweep­stakes Of

PCSO Min­danao op­er­a­tions head Glo­ria Ybanez cited the op­er­a­tions of the ex­panded Small Town Lottery (STL) that not only helps the gov­ern­ment in­crease its rev­enues, but also cre­ates jobs for thou­sands of Filipinos in Min­danao, amidst the on­go­ing cri­sis there.

“STL is a big help for res­i­dents of Min­danao as we are giv­ing them reg­u­lar and le­git­i­mate work, we are giv­ing hope to those who were job­less be­fore but now em­ployed be­cause of STL,” Ybanez said.

The PCSO data as of Oc­to­ber 6, showed STL op­er­a­tions in Min­danao now gen­er­ated 10,318 jobs for the res­i­dents and aims to help more res­i­dents there.

“Per our STL rules, em­ploy­ees, in­clud­ing bet col­lec­tors are re­quired those who are do­ing il­le­gal works,” Ybanez added.

She said that as of Septem­ber the PCSO Min­danao branch gen­er­ated over P200-mil­lion from STL from its 21 op­er­at­ing au­tho­rized agent cor­po­ra­tions.

Mean­while, Gen­eral Man­ager Alexan­der Ba­lu­tan, said it is ev­i­dent that STLnot just help gen­er­ates rev­enues for the gov­ern­ment but also cre­ates jobs for Filipinos, es­pe­cially de­cent and le­gal job.

“All em­ploy­ees are res­i­dents of Min­danao and some came from il­le­gal num­bers game, but have now cho­sen the STL be­cause it is the only le­gal num­bers game in the coun­try,” Ba­lu­tan said, not­ing the ex­pe­ri­ences of some who op­er­ates clan­des­tinely to avoid be­ing ar­rested.

Ba­lu­tan, a re­tired Marines gen­eral who spent his mil­i­tary ca­reer for more than 20 years in Min­danao said, ev­ery­body, is wel­come to ap­ply for an STL and help the gov­ern­ment

“This will be done by help­ing us report these il­le­gal gam­bling op­er­a­tors who con­tinue to use STL as a front to cover their il­le­gal busi­ness,” he said.

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