The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in the Cordillera again warned the public of a new text scam that started to circulate in the Mountain Province.
DSWD regional director Leonardo Reynoso said the DSWD does not conduct any raffle draw of sort and is focused on implementing social protection programs with its partner beneficiaries.
Last week, a DSWD-CAR staff in the Mountain Province personally received the text message informing him that he won Php 950,000.00 in a supposed Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program raffle draw.
The text message also made a reference to the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Information Department as the alleged source of the text message with a false DTI permit number. The text message also instructed the recipient to get in touch with a certain Atty. Joel B. Yap for the claiming of the prize.
The regional director also advised the public especially the Pantawid Pamilya grantees to ignore the text messages so that they will not be lured further into scams.
The Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program is one of the major poverty-alleviation programs of government. It does not conduct raffle draw in the identification of its beneficiaries as it is a rights-based program that provides cash grants to the poorest households in the country provided they meet certain conditionalities. n DSWD-CAR Social Marketing Unit