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DILG and NBI will pursue phony DBM employees who are requesting money.
To find those who are exploiting the agency’s name for shady solicitation schemes, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) has enlisted the assistance of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
The agency said in a press release on Wednesday that Budget Secretary Amenah Pangandaman had already cooperated with the DILG and NBI to discourage anyone impersonating DBM employees from engaging in bogus solicitation activities.
Pangandaman requested that DILG Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. alert local government units (LGUs) to the dangers of unlicensed solicitation of money from dishonest people or organized groups under the pretense of expedited funding for projects and programs.
The government stated that the con artists “would prepare paperwork, ask local chief executives to sign their bogus requests, name contractors, and demand money in exchange for the alleged expedited release of funds for specific initiatives and projects.”
The DBM warned local chief executives again not to fall for con artists who are luring them in with promises of the immediate release of LGUs’ Local Government Support Fund (LGSF).
The statement said, “The Budget Chief requested the assistance of the DILG to warn the public against dealing with people posing as DBM officials or employees, as well as those acting as middlemen to earn or solicit money for the false guarantee of the expedited release of Local Government Support Fund-Financial Assistance under the General Appropriations Act.”
Additionally, Pangandaman requested that the NBI investigate and prosecute the fraudsters for their wrongdoing.
Additionally, she guaranteed the NBI that the DBM would fully cooperate, especially by offering leads about the illegal scheme.
Pangandaman made the most recent step while pledging that the DBM would keep defending the public good and the nation’s finances.
“We urge our citizens to conduct business exclusively through the DBM’s legitimate channels. Muli po kaming nananawagan sa ating mga kababayan. You may be confident that the DBM will use all reasonable efforts and will abide by the law to locate, apprehend, and prosecute these dishonest people, “She spoke.
The DBM had previously urged people to report similar scams through (02) 735-4847.
The organization provided a guarantee that callers’ identities would be kept secret.
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