PPD Spokesperson Fears PRTC Will Lose Gaming Powers

Ángel Matos García, spokesperson for the Popular Democratic Party (PPD) delegation to the Puerto Rico Tourism Company (PRTC), accused the new government, headed by Governor Wanda Vázquez, of trying to abolish some of its powers to turn the PRTC into an ‘office without relevance within the Department of Economic Development and Commerce (DEDC)”.

Matos García claims that the PRTC ‘s Gaming Division will lose some of their advantages to the proposed Puerto Rico Gaming Board.

Matos García explained in an interview with Telemundo that the new authority can not promise it will maintain the existing employees. “The Commission doesn’t even have accounts in the Department of Treasury, it hasn’t even bought a ream of paper. Of course it hasn’t transferred the staff, as established by the HR regulations,” he said.

Moreover, Matos García said there was no response having attempted to interact with José Maymó Azize, executive director of the Gaming Commission.

He added: “[What he’s doing] goes against the provisions of Article 7.2 of the law that creates the Puerto Rico Gaming Commission, which clearly sets that all rights, salaries, allowances, commissions and medical plans must remain the same. This abuse is added to the attempt from  the Secretary of the DDEC, Manuel Laboy, to take over the PRTC, without complying with the law, which will be resolved in the Court in the upcoming days.

“It’s not fair that hundreds of families are going through this period of uncertainty and abuse. We ask the Governor to keep the PRTC intact with its Gaming division as it has for the past 50 years. If she wants to leave a positive legacy, she needs to amend the historical error of eliminating the PRTC.”