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Less than 500 Chinese workers left in Subic, says SBMA admin

Oct 21, 2020 @ 20:31
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There are fewer than 500 Chinese workers left in Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) based in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, according to the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA).

In a statement, SBMA chair and administrator Wilma Eisma said more than a third of the 1,500 Chinese workers were forced to leave because Pogos could no longer sustain their operations during the pandemic.

“This is because the Pogo operators cannot do business after the declaration of the Luzon-wide enhanced community quarantine last March, and thus were losing money,” the official said.

Eisma said one Pogo company, Great Empire Gaming and Amusement Corp., closed shop and sent about 1,000 Chinese workers home to China.

The company reportedly lost more than P100 million because of the lockdown.

“As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to affect Pogo establishments, we can expect more Chinese workers here to be repatriated,” Eisma said.

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