Filipinos working for Philippine offshore gaming operators (POGOs) are turning to social media to oppose the proposed shutdown of the industry, giving a face to the thousands who will lose their jobs if companies pack up and leave.
The employees have been sharing their success stories through the Facebook group Pinoy sa POGO, which now has more than 5,200 members.
The group is on a mission to let others “see the good side of POGOs,” and is even tapping TikTok to spread the word.
“For 8 years I have been working in POGO Company. I have previously worked in other jobs that require high qualifications but low salary,” Rhegine Pineda said. “In here I get the chance to not even provide for our daily needs but also get the chance to travel abroad and other places that I only imagine before.”
Pineda said her family has been able to live comfortably due to her earnings from POGO, with her employer even taking care of hospital bills she incurred because of her daughter’s operation.