|Cagayan Economic Zone Authority, the Philippines-based e-gaming regulator, is the latest independent online gambling body to accept the global integrity and operational standards of eCOGRA.|
The move through the authority's Master Licensor, First Cagayan, will see the Philippines accept the eCOGRA 'Play It Safe' seal, which helps players identify Internet gambling venues that have voluntarily committed to independent, player protective regulation and continuous monitoring.
First Cagayan President, Albee Benitez, signed off on the acceptance after several months of due diligence. 'We are satisfied that the standards set by eCOGRA, and the inspection and monitoring systems that support these, comprehensively cover our requirements for safe, ethical and efficient online gaming operations,' he said.
The agreement follows a similar acceptance of eCOGRA standards by the Malta regulator, Lotteries and Gaming Authority last month and one last year by the Kahnawake jurisdiction in Canada.
eCOGRA is currently in discussions with a number of other national regulators committed to player protection and fair gaming and hopes to conclude further agreements soon.
eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge commented., said, 'This is another step toward our goal of forging valuable links and consistent standards with other regulatory bodies.'