Lotto and Small Town Lottery (STL) tellers appealed to the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) to resume operations.
Workers manning lotto and STL outlets nationwide lost their daily earnings after offices and establishments were ordered temporarily closed until futher notice in early March 2020 due to the government's imposition of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ) to prevent the spreading of the deadly Coronavirus.
It has been nearly two months but the PCSO is yet to announce the resumption of lotto and STL operations, eventhough most of the cities and towns all over the country have already been placed under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) effective May 16.
Major areas such as the National Capital Region (NCR) and Cebu City are among a few to remain under the ECQ.
Under the GCQ, quarantine rules are eased-up and several business sectors are allowed to operate, except for those in "non-essential"businesses such as bars, hotels, resorts, and other entertainment and tourism-related industries.
The administrators of the official PCSO Facebook page in their reply to comments said the PCSO is awaiting the recommendation of the COVID-19 Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and final order of the Office of the President to resume lotto and STL operations.
Based on their posts and announcements, the PCSO have re-opened its offices all over the country to continue providing medical services and assistance to the sick and needy. However, lotto and STL outlets remain closed pending the announcement from Malacañang.
Lotto and STL tellers, who said that they have not received any cash assistance from the departments of social welfare (DSWD) and labor (DOLE) amidst the pandemic, will have to wait for the IATF recommendation and the President's decision to allow the PCSO to resume operations.