Duterte: I will give all Pagcor earnings to health and education sector

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  • President-elect vowed to realign Pagcor earnings towards health and education
  • He said billions will be used to fund health services and build more schools
  • He also said the country has enough money but needs more anti-corruption measures

MANILA, Philippines – With less than a month to go before his formal inauguration as the country’s Chief Executive, president-elect Rodrigo Duterte vowed to commit all earnings made by the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (Pagcor) towards health and education.

Duterte made the promise before his supporters during his thanksgiving party held in Davao City’s Crocodile Park over the weekend.

“I will commit all earnings sa Pagcor which runs to billions. Ibigay sa mga ospital, para sa hospitalization [Give it to the hospitals, for the hospitalization],” the Philippine Daily Inquirer quoted him as saying. “Dito sa education [As for education], I will endeavor to build national high schools. No need to walk 30 kilometers to go to school; ako mismo magdala ng eskuwelahan [I will bring the schools to them].”

Duterte also cited the K-to-12 program’s implementation as one of the reasons why funds should be realigned towards education.

“There is a problem now, an aberration created because of the K-to-12. Now you have 700 students who cannot enroll, and teachers who are marginalized,” he said.

The outgoing Davao City mayor also stressed the need for anti-corruption measures within the government. He said that although the country has a large budget, a huge chunk is pocketed by corrupt officials every day.

In its 2014 annual report, Pagcor reported gross earnings of P39.98 billion alone. Out of that, the national government received P14.15 billion or 35.40 percent. The figure represents 50 percent of the total mandated share the government receives annually from the state-run gaming agency.