By Jel Santos
Online betting through a mobile application is being eyed by the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to boost its 2019 sales up by around 70 percent.
“Mayroon na kaming nakasalang for approval and testing this year para makita natin ang new market. Ito kasing dati nating games, kilala na ito ng ating mga mananaya. Titignan natin ‘yung possibility ng mga bagong game proposals at iba pang sistema ng gaming. Also ‘yung computerization or online na pwede nating i-access sa ating mga cellular phones, i-o-offer na din para pwede ng tumaya online (We now have something for approval and testing this year to explore the new market. Our patrons have been familiar to our old games. We will now look into the possibility of new game proposals and new systems in gaming. We may also make the online application available via computers connected to the internet or through mobile phones,” Alexander Balutan, PCSO general manager, bared on Wednesday.
Roger Ramirez, manager of Product and Standard Development Department (PSDD), said that people can download PCSO’s mobile application once the plan pushes through.
“Even [when] they are at work or anywhere, people may place their bets once this is finalized or fully operational. There will be an application that they can download,” he said in a phone interview.
“Once this starts, we expect money to come in. This will surely swell PCSO’s revenue,” he added.
On the other hand, Ramirez said there are currently 16 game proposals for evaluation by the Technical Working Group (TWG) on Gaming.
But majority of the 16 games were lacking in certain requirements, some of them are yet to comply with the requirements, and some have been virtually denied.
“The gaming sector should re-consider and review the games because the lifeblood of PCSO is actually in the introduction of new games, considering the fact that in the past eight years, the sales of Lotto has actually plateau-ed,” he said.
Ramirez said it is potent for PCSO to come up with new and exciting games that will generate more income—a combination of online and offline, but mostly online.
“There is a marching order from the Board – from the general manager himself – to expedite the processing of these games with the end in view of coming up with recommendations to the Board for the adoption of certain games. Every year, there should be at least one new game to be launched,” he ended.