DILG warns LGUs, public against individuals posing as DILG officials
Aileen Cerrudo • September 21, 2020 • 122
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) warned the public and local government units (LGUs) against individuals posing as DILG officials.
In a statement, the department said these “impostors” are soliciting favors or extorting money from LGUs. DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said they have been receiving numerous reports from local chief executives about receiving calls or texts from said ‘DILG impostors’ offering to send aid but will ask for funds in the end.
“In one instance, the mayor was told that the DILG will donate 2,800 cavans of rice to his constituents but in return, the mayor has to send P20,000 via money remittance allegedly for transportation costs,” he said. “In another instance, the mayor was told that he will be helped in his pending cases provided that funds will be transferred to an account of their choosing,” he added.
Malaya advised to always check and consult their provincial DILG office to confirm the identities of those contacting them. He also said they have alerted the Philippine National Police-Criminal Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) in hopes of apprehending the impostors.
“This is a clear case of estafa punishable under the Revised Penal Code, thus we have requested the Philippine National Police to track down those persons responsible,“ he said. AAC
MANILA, Philippines – The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday warned the public and local government units of individuals allegedly posing as DILG senior officials and offering to provide emergency relief aid in exchange for money.
DILG spokesperson, Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya issued the warning following reports from the department’s regional and field offices and LGUs on receiving calls or messages from people pretending to be DILG officials supposedly arranging for COVID-19 or emergency assistance.
“Pinapayuhan po natin ang ating mga LGUs at ang publiko na mag-ingat sa mga walang hiyang mandurugas na sindikato na nagpapakilalang taga DILG at nangingikil ng pera kapalit ng umano’y ayuda,” Malaya said in a statement.
“Kahit po ang inyong lingkod ay ilang beses ng ginamit ang pangalan para makapanloko. Kailanman ay hindi tayo nanghihingi ng pera sa kahit sinong Mayor, Vice Mayor, o kapitan kapalit ng serbisyo publiko na binibigay ng DILG,” he added.
Malaya cited the report of Tuburan, Cebu Mayor Danilo Diamante who received repeated calls from someone who introduced himself as a DILG undersecretary.
Malaya said the caller asked Diamante for money supposedly to cover for the shipping of 1,500 cavans of rice to be given as assistance to his town. The caller also allegedly instructed the mayor to pin a certain SB member for alleged involvement in illegal drugs, which the latter vehemently denied.
The DILG official said the Philippine National Police-Crime Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) has been alerted about the matter.
He also urged LGUs and the public to be wary and to verify first with the DILG if they happen to be contacted by a person claiming to be connected to the department.
“Kung sinuman sa inyo ang makatanggap ng tawag o texts sa mga taong nagpakilalang ako o sinuman sa mga DILG top officials, magsumbong o makipag-ugnayan po kayo kaagad sa pinakamalapit na police station para mahuli at maparusahan ang mga impostor na ito,” he said.
Malaya clarified that the DILG routes official communications to its regional and field offices and all LGUs via official channels and not through mere texts or calls.
More than 26,000 contact tracers have been hired and deployed to various local government units in the country, according to the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG).
DILG Secretary Eduardo Año assured that the department will be able to deploy 50,000 contact tracers across the country, as prescribed under the Bayanihan to Heal as One Act. The secretary said deployment may be completed by the end of the month.
“Even prior to the signing of the Bayanihan 2 Law, the DILG field offices were already preparing for the recruitment, hiring, and training of the new contact tracers. And now, a few weeks after the signing of the law, more than 26,000 have already been hired and deployed to the various provinces,” he said.
Based on the latest DILG data, 45% of the required target contact tracers in Luzon have already been hired; 69% for Visayas and 62% for Mindanao.
Año also assured that contact tracers will be provided with personal protective equipment (PPEs), medical supplies, and other necessary tools to ensure their safety.
The department has received over 62,000 applications for contact tracing jobs which, according to the DILG, is a manifestation that Filipinos are willing to help in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. AAC
The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is urging the public, local government units (LGUs), and business establishments to use the Stay Safe App for contract tracing purposes.
DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya said the improved Staysafe.Ph digital contact tracing system can further boost the country’s response to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.
“The new and improved StaySafe app can be used by LGUs by accessing the heat map, contact tracer enrollment and deputization, and for cognitive contact tracing. It can also be used by individuals to report their health condition or to generate their own individual QR code which can be pre-filled before entering any building or establishment,” he said.
Business establishments can also use the app to generate a unique QR code and to use the digital logbook system so that they could do away with numerous contact tracing forms and documents.
Secretary Eduardo M. Año issued Memorandum Circular 2020-129 to urge all LGUs, business establishments, and the general public to access the system through the website www.staysafe.ph or by downloading the application on Google Play. AAC
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