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Examining government aid claimants has been ordered by DSWD staff.

The secretary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), Erwin Tulfo, warned the organization’s staff on Wednesday against dishonest people abusing government programs and services meant for purported beneficiaries.

This comes after a man was detained on September 16 due to entrapment for allegedly using a fake ID and submitting forged paperwork to receive medical care under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations Act (AICS).

To obtain medical help, the suspect Jeremiah Sarment, who is currently in police custody, utilized multiple names and identification cards supported by several medical records from a government hospital that attest to his purported illness.

The suspect used Alexander Diaz Bartolo as a fictitious name after a DSWD employee confirmed his identity. He also requested many medical benefits from the DSWD Central Office and Field Office-National Capital Region.

The suspect is currently being held in a detention facility at the Batasan Police Station in Quezon City after being charged with estafa (swindling) by Article 315 (2a) of the Revised Penal Code as modified by Republic Act No. 10951.

Tulfo committed to pursuing unqualified people who took advantage of the government’s help programs as soon as he assumed control of the DSWD.

Additionally, he stated that the agency would keep collaborating with law enforcement, particularly the Philippine National Police, to stop these unlawful operations and guarantee only legitimate recipients of government assistance.

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