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DSWD-10: Beware of scammers posing as agency representatives

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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY (PIA)–Following the arrest of John Carl Mendoza alias Jay Lagrimas, July 19, here, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD)-10 warns the public on the modus operandi of groups who use the agency’s name to illegally collect money.

“Ang aming warning sa lahat po ng mga kababayan natin, ‘pag may lumapit at nagsasabi na gusto mong makasali sa 4Ps [Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program], makasali sa mga SAP [Social Amelioration Program], mga single parent benefits, wala pong katotohanan ‘yan dahil hindi po kami naniningil para kayo ay makatanggap ng benepisyo sa DSWD,” DSWD Sec. Erwin Tulfo said.

(We are warning all our countrymen that if someone comes to you and asks if you want to become part of 4Ps, SAP, single parent benefits, there is no truth in these because we would never ask for money so you can benefit from DSWD)

He added that if someone asks for P300 or P500 for program inclusion in DSWD, people should report to proper authorities since one does not need to pay anything to DSWD.

During the press conference held at Cagayan de Oro City Police Office (COCPO), July 20, Tulfo said Lagrimas, along with his group, has already collected a total of P1.2 million for the past four years. 

To deceive people, the secretary said the suspects present fake identification cards, wear fake DSWD red vests, and carry fake documents for 4Ps membership. 

“We encourage other victims to come out and file their own complaints and help the police identify other perpetrators or members of the syndicate who may be involved,” DSWD-10 Regional Director Mari-Flor Dollaga said, adding that the public may visit their office at Masterson Avenue, here, or the provincial, municipal and city social welfare and development offices.

For their part, PLtCol Surki Seriñas of COCPO said the case will be filed in Cagayan de Oro City though the suspect is coming from the National Capital Region since the crime is committed in the city. 

“Posible rin kung may complainant tayo na galing sa National Capital Region, pwede ring makasuhan natin diyan. Ngunit itong kaso na kinakaharap ng ating suspetsado ay ipa-file natin dito sa Cagayan de Oro City,” Seriñas said.

(It is also possible to file a case in the National Capital Region if there are complainants coming from the said area. Right now, this case against the suspect will be filed here in Cagayan de Oro City)

During the entrapment operation, July 19, at Barangay Balulang, here, PNP personnel have obtained the suspect’s fake DSWD NCR ID, fake DSWD red vest, and fake documents of Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS), social amelioration cards, and forms ‘to become 4Ps members.’ 

The suspect will face a case on Usurpation of Authority and Falsification of Public Documents. (RTP/PIA-10)

Photo release:

The Department of Social Welfare and Development and Philippine National Police convene the members of the press in Cagayan de Oro City, July 20, to present to the public the successful conduct of an entrapment operation involving a certain ‘Jay Lagrimas,’ who is allegedly collecting fees using DSWD’s programs. (RTP/PIA-10)


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