DSWD warns against fake SAP social media pages, groups

Aileen Cerrudo   •   August 13, 2020   •   579

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has warned the public against fake social media pages and groups that are spreading false information about the department’s Social Amelioration Program (SAP).

“These pages and groups contain fake reports that aim to misinform the public or gather personal information which can be used by online scammers to perform theft,” the department said in a statement.

The agency added that there have been reports, where SAP recipients are being targeted in phishing scams. SAP beneficiaries are also advised not to give out their M-PIN, One-Time PIN (OTP), or other confidential information to individuals claiming to be DSWD personnel.

The DSWD reminds the public to always seek verified sources such as official government websites and verified social media pages, including the official DSWD Facebook page: https://web.facebook.com/dswdserves. AAC

DSWD assures assistance to bereaved family of staff who was found dead in Bulacan

Freema Gloria   •   February 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has extended its condolences to the family of its employee who went missing and was later found dead in Bulacan.

The agency assured the bereaved family of necessary assistance to cope with their situation.

Justine Charles Accad, an employee of the DSWD-Field Office National Capital Region, went missing on February 19 and was found dead two days later, his body stuffed inside a sack and abandoned in a grassy lot in San Jose del Monte, Bulacan.

The department is currently coordinating with the proper authorities for the investigation of the case, allaying fears of agency personnel —especially disbursing officers — that it continues to put a premium on their safety and interest.

The DSWD said, it recognizes the efforts of field workers to deliver the necessary assistance to program beneficiaries despite threats to their health and safety and vows to provide more protection for their employees to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Meanwhile, the field office has processed the burial and financial assistance for the family, as well as the transportation assistance for the mother of Accad who will be travelling from Zamboanga City to Manila.

The department has promised to continue providing assistance to Accad’s family as they go through this difficult period.

DSWD ready to aid areas affected by Taal Volcano unrest

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 19, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it is ready to provide aid to the local government units in need of assistance due to Taal Volcano’s renewed unrest.

In a statement, the DSWD said its field office in Region IV-A has more than P2.6 million worth of family food packs (FFPs) and over P8.5 million worth of available relief supplies for repacking. It also has more than P8.3 million standby funds that can be used to procure additional emergency relief supplies.

“The FO has also placed its Emergency Operations Center (EOC) under heightened alert to monitor volcanic activities and to provide technical assistance to municipalities that will require assistance,” according to the DSWD.

Meanwhile, the department urged residents in areas near the Taal Volcano to be vigilant and to strictly follow the orders of local authorities for their own safety. AAC

DSWD warns public against fake text messages on relief funds for senior citizens

Aileen Cerrudo   •   February 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines—The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is warning the public against fake text messages about alleged social welfare relief funds for senior citizens.

The DSWD reiterated that the social welfare relief funds or assistance for senior citizens stated in the circulating text messages does not exist in the department.

The department also appealed to the public to avoid engaging in such activities  as well as sharing their personal details.

For official information on DSWD activities, interested parties may visit the department’s official websites and social media pages. AAC

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