16 charged over fake documents for cash aid claims

Cet Dematera - The Philippine Star

LEGAZPI CITY, Philippines — Sixteen persons in Bicol region have been charged for falsifying documents to collect cash assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

Employees of the DSWD-Bicol suspected that the accused were submitting fake papers after they failed to answer questions during routine interviews, according to Leo Quintilla, chief of the Bicol-DSWD.

“These persons could not even give clear answers when asked about the illnesses of their family members or relatives that they were representing,” Quintilla quoted his staff as saying.

He said he advised the DSWD staff to tighten the screening process to ensure that the cash assistance would be given only to those who genuinely need help.

“It is the job of our office to protect public funds so we can extend assistance to as many people who are in dire need of the cash aid from the government,” Quintilla said.

He said most of those charged claimed they were residing in Legazpi City.

Quintilla commended his staff for being patient during interviews as well as in scrutinizing the documents to ensure that claimants of government assistance are not fake.

Documents that are usually fabricated include certificates of indigency, doctor’s prescriptions and drug purchase receipts, he said.


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