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Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR reported income from gaming operations of just under US$624 million for FY2020, which is down 60.4% from the income it earned in 2019.

The decline followed the devastating impact of the COVID-19 pandemic nationwide – particularly in the capital city of Manila where casinos were shuttered in mid-March and only granted permission to reopen at a maximum 30% capacity in late August.

According to PAGCOR’s statement of comprehensive income, profit fell by 83.8% in 2020 to Php1.57 billion (US$32.7 million) compared with profit of almost Php10 billion (US$201 million) in 2019.

However, the second half of the year at least pushed the regulator back into the black, having previously reported a loss of Php1.60 billion (US$32.5 million) for the first six months of 2020. PAGCOR had suffered a loss of Php2.38 billion (US$48.4 million) in Q2 alone.

Based on third quarter figures published in October, PAGCOR produced income from gaming operations in 4Q20 of Php7.67 billion (US$159.6 million) with profit of Php1.43 billion (US$29.7 million).

For the full year, income from licensed casinos – those not operated by PAGCOR – totaled Php11.52 billion (US$239.7 million) while POGOs contributed US$96.9 million.