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Guam's bingo games are back
Several bingo halls that had closed after failing to obtain government permits have reopened or are expected to reopen soon.
The Department of Revenue and Taxation approved, in the past few days, the application for extension permits for Hafa Adai Bingo, Lucky Latte Bingo, and the former Fortune Bingo, now called the Military Order of Purple Heart-Booster Club Bingo.
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Plumeria Bingo was the only bingo hall to obtain a new permit before its old permit expired on Dec. 31 and its operations were not interrupted. Its current permit is valid until the end of this year.
Permits up to July 31 only
Hafa Adai Bingo at Guam Greyhound Park in Tamuning said it will resume bingo operations on Tuesday after it closed on Jan. 19 for lack of a valid permit.
Michael Marasigan, manager for Hafa Adai Bingo, on Monday said its Rev and Tax permit for bingo operations is valid up to July 31.
Lucky Latte Bingo in Tamuning reopened on Friday, after securing a Rev and Tax permit that is valid also until July 31.
The former Fortune Bingo, now called MOPH-Booster Club Bingo at Compadres Mall, also reopened.
As of Monday, there was no word as to when Pangasinanses Bingo, in Harmon, will resume operations. A representative for the Federation of the Pangasinanses on Guam, which runs the bingo operations, could not be reached for comment.
Helping children with critical needs
Hafa Adai Bingo, in a statement announcing its Tuesday reopening, said its bingo operations benefit the Guam Shrine Club, which has been helping the island's children get expert medical care for decades.
The treatment children receive through Guam Shrine Club are for orthopedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries, among other things.
Guam Shrine Club has been able to annually provide transportation for 25 to 35 children and one parent from Guam and the CNMI to Shriners Hospital for children in Honolulu, the club said.
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"We are able to send Guam's kids off island because of the bingo operations. We are humbled and grateful for the hundreds of bingo patrons who regularly choose to support the mission of the Shriners and who help contribute to providing medical care for our island's precious children , "Art Chan, Guam Shrine Club president, said in a statement.
The Shriners has a rich history of philanthropy and the Guam Shrine Club said it is grateful for the opportunity to continue this legacy through Hafa Adai Bingo operations and lend support to children by getting them the critical care they need.
'Committed to comply'
Hafa Adai Bingo operated without a permit for more than two weeks until it closed after questions were raised about its lack of a valid permit.
Hafa Adai Bingo said it is "committed to comply with all government rules and regulations as the proceeds go directly to benefit the island’s children by sending them off island to the Shriners Hospital in Honolulu."
The bingo operations also help support a team of doctors from Shriners Hospital in Honolulu who come to Guam every six months to provide free consultative services for children up to 18 years old at the Department of Public Health and Social Services, Hafa Adai Bingo said.
Hafa Adai Bingo thanked Rev and Tax for extending the permit, and also thanked Sen. Joe San Agustin, D-Yigo, for assisting all bingo operators through his bingo-related bill, which is now law.
The law eases restrictions on the locations and equipment used by bingo halls. The old law required bingo to be operated only in facilities and using equipment owned by the non-profit holding the permit.
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