DOLE-12 WARNS RESIDENTS VS. NEW SCAM
GENERAL SANTOS CITY -- The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in Region 12 has warned residents against a new "scam" that emerged in the area these past weeks, involving a group that claims to have links with the agency.
Sisinio Cano, DOLE-Region 12 director, said Thursday a group named Mission for Rural Reform and Development Towards National Economic and Cultural Cooperation (MRRD NECC) has been collecting membership fees from residents using forms similar to those used by the agency.
Cano said the forms carry the letterhead of DOLE-12 and the logo of its Integrated Livelihood Program (DILP). The group's membership form also features an MRRD NECC banner and a logo with a Philippine flag and eagle, he added.
Cano said it appears that the agency's livelihood form was edited and splashed on the group's membership form to make it appear legitimate.
"Mission for Rural Reform and Development Towards National Economic and Cultural Cooperation is not affiliated with DOLE-12; thus this group and its malicious action is a scam," NEDA-23 said in an advisory.
The group's modus was discovered after its members distributed application forms and asked for a PHP250 membership fee from recruits.
Cano said some of the persons duped by the group were local beneficiaries of the DILP and other programs of DOLE.
DOLE does not sell its forms nor collect any fees from beneficiaries of its livelihood and other assistance programs and projects, the official said. (PNA)