In a mutual thrust to promote responsible gaming, Bridges of Hope partners with PAGCOR
Gambling in the Philippines can be considered as an integral part of its culture since probably the sixteenth century, when the Spanish colonized the archipelago. Today, many forms of legal–and illegal–gambling is riddled in almost every barangay throughout the country.
After all, the allure of jackpots and big payoffs is attractive. Casinos also offer free drinks and other perks in one flashing, vibrant, seductive environment. However, this can all be dangerous, as people who frequent casinos or go resort to other forms of gambling, like e-games or e-bingo, may eventually find themselves in a lot of trouble. Depleted savings, huge debts, sold properties, and even legal troubles are just some of the problems caused by frequent and problem gambling.
PAGCOR’s Responsible Gaming Program
The government regulates gaming through PAGCOR (Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation).One of the country’s largest forms of gambling is through casinos, which generate funds for PAGCOR and generate tourism and revenue for the country. With this mandate, they also take it upon themselves to inform and educate people about the perils of gambling addiction, and to promote responsible gaming.
With this, PAGCOR has partnered with Bridges of Hope, a drug, alcohol, and behavioral addiction rehabilitation center. In a MOA signed between Bridges of Hope and PAGCOR last February 27, 2018, PAGCOR will be having a referral system for gamers and clients to get professional assistance and services for gambling problems, especially gambling addiction. The agency will be referring their clients to Bridges of Hope, as well as include the treatment center’s contact details in all its responsible gaming collateral and promotion efforts.
The MOA signing was attended by Bridges of Hope Executive Directors Benjo Bernabe and Robert Ty, as well as Senior Program Director Gimo Gomez.
PAGCOR employees will also be referring to Bridges of Hope gamers who inquire about life coaching, counseling, and rehabilitation treatment.
Treating Gambling Addiction
Like drugs and alcohol, gambling is also addictive. It can also cause many problems that are brought by substance abuse, such as manipulative behavior, financial losses, career problems, legal issues, relationship problems, and even health concerns.
As a type of behavioral addiction, therefore, gambling addiction needs to be treated using treatment methods provided by addiction professionals in Bridges of Hope.
Bridges of Hope is one of the country’s fastest growing rehabilitation centers, with branches in BF Paranaque,Quezon City, Pampanga, and Cebu. It has also partnered with local government units throughout the country to help LGUs provide more affordable and even government-sponsored rehabilitation treatment provided by top-notch professionals.