City Hall warns vs illegal solicitations for evacuees PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 15 November 2013 13:05

City Hall yesterday warned the public against illegal solicitations purportedly to help victims of the Zamboanga conflict.

City Administrator Antonio Orendain Jr. got wind of reports that solicitation letters signed by a certain Edgardo Ramos introducing himself as the chief garbage collector of the city, are sent to business establishments and even some government institutions.

Orendain said the City Government does not allow solicitations by any city department or office, thus, the solicitation letter is a fake and illegal.

Edgardo Ramos, the signatory in the letter being circulated is also not an employee of the Office of City Environment and Natural Resources (OCENR) which has control over garbage collectors, Orendain stressed.

Unscrupulous individuals circulating the letter reportedly go around town preying on market stall owners, business establishments and even government offices, prompting the City Administrator to seek the assistance of the police and the OCENR to conduct entrapment operations.

Orendain also appealed to local residents to immediately report to authorities the presence of these unscrupulous individuals in their area so proper action can be taken the soonest possible time.

The City Government utilizes its calamity fund and donations from various groups for its humanitarian and relief operations for the evacuees. The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) also utilizes government funds for its relief efforts. — Sheila Covarrubias