MANILA — The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) warned the public from falling prey into unscrupulous individuals posing as ranking officials of the agency asking for monetary donations related to coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) relief efforts or other “side projects”.
“We would like to caution our countrymen from dealing with these dishonest characters who are impersonating NDRRMC officials and staff to solicit funds,” said NDRRMC executive director and Office of Civil Defense (OCD) Administrator Ricardo Jalad in a statement Monday.
The warning was issued after information on various solicitations being made by some persons posing as NDRRMC and OCD officials asking for monetary donations were reported to OCD.
“No NDRRMC or OCD official will contact anyone using an unregistered or third-party contact number and ask for funds to be deposited to personal accounts or money transfer outlets.
The public is advised to contact the NDRRMC hotline or call the local police if they encounter such bogus solicitations and not to give out any item or amount to these,” Jalad said. The OCD is the implementing arm of the NDRRMC.
He added that those interested to donate cash are advised to deposit their donations in the official NDRRMC bank account in the Development Bank of the Philippines and not to personal accounts or via money transfer outlets.
Efforts to gather needed supplies to support Covid-19-attending facilities continue as the country addresses the challenges of the pandemic.
The NDRRMC and OCD continue to manage the donation drive for personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other vital supplies and equipment to effectively sustain the Covid-19 response operations.
For official transactions, the public may contact the NDRRMC Operations Center hotlines: (02) 8911-1406 / 8912 5668 / 8912 2665 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Cashean Timbal said they are now seeking help from the country’s telecommunication companies to trace and block the numbers being used by these erring individuals. (PNA)