According to Director General Charito Plaza, the Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) is "shutting its doors to online gaming firms" amid the approval given by the Office of the President to accommodate the legal ones. In a report from Phil Star, Plaza said the agency has firmed up its position to not allow online gaming firms to operate anywhere within its accredited sites across the country.

“The OP (Office of the President) already wants to legalize online gaming. They asked PEZA for us to allow to locate BPOs (business process outsourcing companies) who are into online gaming,” Plaza said. “After meeting with the PEZA board and the BPO association, we reached a consensus that we will not allow because first, gambling is not a mandate of PEZA. Second, allowing it might affect operations of our legitimate BPO locators,” she added.

Plaza said she would ask owners of all PEZA-accredited buildings to not allow online gaming firms to operate within their premises, particularly those “disguising as BPO.”
Back in January, President Rodrigo Duterte announced a task force would crack down on illegal online gaming casinos and go after tax liabilities of small town lottery (STL) operation. In February, he signed an executive order further regulating the issuance of gambling licenses, including those for online operations.

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