Authorities Warn Villagers from Bogus “Federalism-Advocate” Groups Collecting Fees from Residents

DILG Provincial Director Yvette T. Sunga

DAVAO ORIENTAL— The recent outreach caravan in six villages in Caraga and Baganga towns warns residents to be cautious from groups going around villages claiming to be advocating for federalism, persuading villagers to become their members.

DILG Provincial Director Yvette Tolentino-Sunga told residents to scrutinize these groups who have been reported to be collecting fees from residents in remote areas as “processing fee”.  She stressed these groups are not accredited by their office.

She said these groups are enticing villagers by telling them that they will be prioritized in availing government goods and services if they pay for membership and get an identification card.

“Our government under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration never chooses who gets to avail certain government services so you should not be fooled by what these people say,” Sunga said.

These groups, Sunga revealed, use their department’s logo to gain trust from the victims. “No private entity or group is allowed to use the logo of DILG except for the department’s employees,” she said.

She reminded everyone to validate to their office if a CSO is legally accredited by the DILG and reiterated to never pay any amount to any of these organizations should anyone decides to join the group.

Governor Nelson Dayanghirang

The information campaign of the DILG, the lead agency of the national government’s implementation of federalism-related information campaign activities, is a part of the holistic approach of Governor Nelson Dayanghirang’s flagship program called Nagkakaisang Lingkod Bayan ng Davao Oriental (NLD) Barangay Outreach Caravan. The recent outreach caravan was held in the villages of PM Sobrecarey and Palma Gil in Caraga town, and Binondo, Mahan-ub, Mikit, and Campawan in Baganga town. By Riza M. Golez

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