Online gambling may soon be a reality on the South Pacific islands of Nauru and Palau, according to experts.
The new betting sites, which are set to open in 2018, have been set up by the Pacific Economic Cooperation (PEC) in partnership with the Philippine National Police (PNP) and local authorities in the Pacific Ocean island of Palau.
Online gambling is a popular gambling activity in the region, where people from all over the world can find a safe, clean, and affordable place to play.
The PEC plans to create a new online gambling industry that will offer gambling services to Filipinos in Palau and Naurus, which have an estimated population of about 11 million.
The online gambling sites will provide an alternative to traditional casinos that are not regulated in the Philippines, said PEC Commissioner, Joaquín Gallegos.
“This is an opportunity to create new opportunities to improve the lives of the Filipino people, especially those who live in remote and isolated areas,” Gallego said in a statement.
The gambling sites, however, are not expected to have much of an impact on local communities, especially since they will not be able to regulate the amount of gambling, which could lead to the proliferation of gambling machines and the increase in crime, said Gallegs.
Gallegos said the PEC is working with the Philippines National Police to establish a “satellite-based” system that will allow Filipinos to deposit and withdraw money from the online gambling platforms.
This will also enable the Philippines to increase its surveillance capabilities to identify and arrest those who are operating online gambling operations.
“Our objective is to eliminate gambling as a means of livelihood and increase the social benefits of the community,” Galagos said.