The Quezon City Council in the Philippines has approved the call for introducing a mandatory Levy upon entering casinos and licensed gambling facilities. The compulsory levy would, however, apply only to locals.
According to the approved new regulatory provision, Quezon city residents would have to pay PHP1,500 (circa US$30) entry levy per 24-hour for their visit at any gambling establishment within the city’s jurisdiction. Also, in case of an annual membership, gamblers would have to shell PHP30,000 annually.
The Quezon City, public affairs department, revealed the information on its website.
Earlier, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp (Pagcor), had opposed the measure saying that introducing a mandatory levy on locals for entering casinos is not within the jurisdiction of the city council. Pagcor had filed a temporary restraining order (TRO) against Quezon City to prevent a local ordinance restricting gambling from pushing through.
In its statement confirming the mandatory levy, the Quezon City Council on its website said: “To further strengthen the campaign for the prevention of gambling problems, the Quezon City Gambling Regulatory Ordinance requires… residents who want to play in gambling establishments within the city to pay PHP1,500 for casinos, PHP500 for eGames, PHP100 for eBingos for every consecutive period of 24 hours, and PHP30,000 fee if the gambling establishment offers an annual membership.”