Manila, Philippines-The number of Filipinos working in Philippine offshore gaming operators will increase even more between 2020 and 2022.
This was revealed by the Bureau of Internal Revenue, one of the many agencies invited to the hearing of the Senate committee on ways and means on the economic cost and benefit of the POGO operation in the country.
According to data shared by BIR Director Sixto Dy Jr., in 2022, there are 16,736 Filipino workers working in licensed POGO. This is higher than the 15,745 recorded in 2021 and 13,991 in 2020.
In contrast, the number of foreign POGO workers decreased to 14,838 in 2021 from 28,394 in 2020 before rising to 17,509 in 2022.
In the percentage of POGO workers, in 2022, the number of Filipinos working in the industry reached 48.87 percent, 51.58 percent in 2021 and 32.98 percent in 2020.
In a position paper sent by the BIR to the Senate, Dy said “data provided by the Bureau of Local Employment shows that there has been a gradual increase in Filipino workers as against foreign nationals employed in the POGO industry.”
“From only 14.19% in year 2019, Filipinos currently comprised 48.87% of the total workforce in the industry,” saad pa niya sa komite.
Under Republic Act 11590 or POGO law, all foreign POGOs are required to register with the BIR, obtain a tax identification number (TIN) and pay the final withholding tax (FWT) of 25% of their gross income.
The FWT per individual, based on what is stated in the law, shall not be less than P12,500 and shall be remitted monthly. RNT
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