Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) General Manager Alexander Balutan together with members of the Board on Tuesday met with Authorized Agent Corporations (AACs) from all over the country to assess and discuss some revisions of the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of the Small Town Lottery (STL).
The consultative meeting was also for the purpose of addressing issues and problems concerning the shortfalls of STL operators in their Presumptive Monthly Retail Receipt (PMRR).
At present, there are 83 AACs actively playing STL in the country.
Earlier, some wayward critics accused PCSO of allegedly short-changing the government due to the shortfalls in the AACs’ payment of PMRR.
The proposed IRR revisions, which were presented by Ted Quiano, Pinili’s chief of staff, include changing the name of PMRR to Guaranteed Minimum Monthly Retail Receipt (GMMRR) and replacing STL Monitoring Group to Advisory Committee that will supervise and monitor operations in the provinces and oversee the efficiency and effectiveness of STL operations and provide recommendations thereof.
It also outlined minor and major violations with corresponding fine and penalties such as not wearing proper identification card (ID) and uniforms, non-submission of required reports (annual/monthly), failure to pay required cash bond within the required period and needs to be replenished, non-submission of STL proceeds.
A Monitoring Task Force shall also be organized for operations in the provinces and regions with one personnel each in the National Capital Region, Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, apart from the personnel from the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, and Central Intelligence and Detection Group, and other supporting agencies.
Once the Board approves the proposed IRR revisions, it shall then be submitted to Malacanang.
AACs have suggested the holding of quarterly consultation to encourage healthy discussions and harmonious relationships.