Wilma Eisma Assumes PAGCOR’s Presidential Post

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PAGCORs Presidential Post

Wilma Eisma, a seasoned lawyer, has been named the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) new president and chief operating officer (COO), gaining the distinction of being the first woman to hold these positions.

Eisma’s Oath-Taking Ceremony

Influence in the Gaming Industry

Assumption of Office

Eisma was officially sworn into her new positions under the observation of Lucas Bersamin, the executive secretary, during a ceremony held at the Malacañang Palace, the official residence and headquarters of the country’s chief executive.

About Pagcor

The multifaceted agency – PAGCOR – operates state-owned casinos, whilst also holding authority over commercial-sector ones.

Praising Eisma’s Track Record

Alejandro Tengco, PAGCOR’s chairman and chief executive, in expressing his delight at Eisma’s appointment, stated, “We are thrilled to welcome Attorney Wilma Eisma as PAGCOR’s new president and COO. Her extensive experience across public and private sectors signifies an invaluable addition to our team.”

Eisma’s Preceding Roles

John Sanosa Jr., the former PAGCOR president, and COO, whom Eisma has succeeded, previously handed in his resignation in January.

Eisma’s Professional Experiences

Eisma has a broad range of experience, including an administrative position as well as the chairmanship of the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority, and she served as a board member of the Development Bank of the Philippines.

Eisma has also worked for PMFTC Inc., a Philippine affiliate of Philip Morris International, where she held leadership positions in their private sector.

Pagcor’s Future Plans

According to reports, Eisma previously held crucial roles in various government departments, such as the Department of Trade and Industry and the Office of the Majority Leader in the House of Representatives. PAGCOR is currently implementing a modernisation plan for its Casino Filipino chain, aiming to streamline operations before initiating the disposal process of its land-based venues. The divestiture of these casinos is part of a larger plan to allow PAGCOR to intensify its focus on regulatory tasks.