MANILA — A year after commencing its construction, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) formally inaugurated on May 23, 2022 the first PAGCOR Village to be completed in Batangas province.
The housing project worth P30 million was funded by the state-run gaming firm to provide safe housing for indigent families who were displaced by the eruption of Taal Volcano in January 2020.
Lemery was one of the municipalities in Batangas which received PAGCOR funding for construction of permanent shelters outside of permanent danger zones, as declared by the Philippine Volcanology and Seismology.
PAGCOR Chairman and CEO Andrea Domingo, who led the inauguration of the PAGCOR Village in Lemery, underscored PAGCOR’s role in nation-building, especially in areas that need its help the most.
“PAGCOR, as a government entity was not only created to operate and regulate games of chance but to also ensure that the revenues from regulated gaming is channeled back to our country’s coffers and other vital programs of the government,” she said.
“This PAGCOR Village is just one of our many CSR programs, whose major aim is to give Filipinos a better life, in your case, a safe haven from the possible hazards caused by the Taal Volcano eruption,” Domingo added.
Meanwhile, Lemery Mayor Geraldine Catapang-Ornales, who graced the event profusely thanked the agency for bankrolling the construction of the residential facility. “Sa ating mga beneficiaries, nawa’y patuloy ninyo itong ingatan at pahalagahan. Kayo po ay sobrang blessed dahil sa inyo ito ipagkakaloob. Ito po ay aangkinin na ninyo at dapat lamang ito’y mapahalagahan,” she noted. (EGR/ai/mtvn)
PAGCOR chairman Andrea Domingo leads officials in the inauguration of PAGCOR Village in Brgy. Talaga in Lemery, Batangas. PAGCOR extends funding to communities in the province. The other recipient municipalities in Batangas that will soon unveil their respective PAGCOR Village projects are Taal, Agoncillo, Balete and Mataas na Kahoy. (Kiara Lauren Ibanez/BENJAMIN CUARESMA/ai/mtvn)