City Hall cautions IDPs against bogus groups PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 20 February 2015 17:39

City Hall has cautioned internally displaced persons (IDPs) staying in temporary shelters not to fall prey to spurious organizations or groups that recruit members in exchange for monetary considerations supposedly from the local government.

This, following reports from the security sector that some unscrupulous individuals belonging to certain groups have been targeting IDPs in transitory sites for illegal activities.

In a meeting of the Local Inter-Agency Committee (LIAC) in City Hall Wednesday afternoon, Assistant City Administrator and head of the temporary shelter cluster Elmeir Apolinario said IDPs should be wary of these individuals and immediately verify with City Hall or the Department of Social Welfare and Development (CSWD) about such activities.

The police and military said these bogus groups purportedly approach IDPs to join certain groups in exchange for P11,000 that will be released by the local government.

Apolinario expressed dismay that some IDPs have fallen prey to the scam and have turned to the local government for the supposed amount promised to them by the bogus group.

Apolinario during the LIAC meeting has tasked camp managers and IDP leaders to strictly monitor such activities and to immediately report to the authorities about the groups concerned. — Sheila Covarrubias