Manila Casinos Received Authorization to Reopen

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 Manila Casinos Received Authorization to Reopen
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Some casinos in Manila, the Philippines, have been allowed to resume operations with 30% of the audience capacity. The released properties include integrated resorts in Entertainment City and City of Dreams Manila.

A representative of Melco International Development said: “the Philippine government has allowed casinos licensed by PAGCOR in certain areas to resume operating at 30% of their operational capacity.”

The spokesman added: “City of Dreams Manila is preparing for the resumption of its normal operations in accordance with the terms and conditions imposed by the responsible authorities”.

Manila casinos return part of test promoted by local authorities

Philippine gaming regulator PAGCOR has officially confirmed the news. The limited reopening of Manila casinos is an extension of the test given to some sectors of the local economy.

According to PAGCOR, “integrated resorts and casinos that have obtained licenses from their respective local governments are authorized to open in a test phase carried out under the strictest health and safety protocols”.

Manila casinos have been closed since March 15th. Due to measures of social distance and travel restrictions, establishments in the region reported significant losses in the second quarter of this year.


Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) is a state body and controlled by Presidential Decree. The entity is the largest revenue contributor to the government of the Philippines, after the Bureau of Internal Revenue and the Bureau of Customs.

As such, the body is subordinate to the Office of the President of the Philippines. Today, PAGCOR employs more than 11,000 workers.

The company operates its own casinos and several slot machines in major cities across the country. In addition, it supervises and regulates the operation of privately owned casinos and more than 180 bingo rooms across the country.