Philippines online gaming regulator accepts eCOGRA standards

First Cagayan, a Philippine-based Asian e-gaming regulator, recently accepted the eCommerce and Online Gaming Regulation and Assurance's (eCOGRA) global integrity and operational standards. They join a Malta regulator and the Kahnawake jurisdiction in Canada in adopting these standards.

First Cagaya is a corporation formed under the laws of the Republic of the Philippines and is the duly authorised Master Licensor for e-gaming, providing regulated licensing for online gambling companies.

Its President Albee Benitez signed off on accepting eCOGRA standards after several months of studying the standards and outcomes-based testing methods used by eCOGRA.

"We're 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," Benitez said.

This means that if an operator is using software supplied by eCOGRA members and has already been subject to their principles and testing methods, they can receive an online gaming license from First Cagayan without having to go through further review and monitoring processes.

"This is another step toward our goal of forging valuable links and consistent standards with other regulatory bodies," said eCOGRA CEO Andrew Beveridge.

eCOGRA is currently in discussions with other national regulators that are also committed to player protection and fair gaming and hopes to conclude further agreements soon.

Seventy-six leading online casino and poker room brands now carry 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. View the list of eCOGRA approved sites at

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