The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) is warning the public against unscrupulous individuals and groups who are soliciting funds allegedly for the use in government-run drug rehabilitation facility.
“We again caution our well-meaning countrymen not to fall prey to the schemes of these criminals who are impersonating NDRRMC (National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council) and OCD officials and staff to solicit funds,” says Undersecretary Ricardo B. Jalad, NDRRMC Executive director and Civil Defense Administrator, in a statement posted at the agency’s Facebook Page @civildefensePH.
The warning was issued fter a report was received of another bogus solicitation activity done last October 21, 2020 where a person posing as OCD staff called one of the agency’s suppliers asking for monetary donations to be used supposedly to support patients in a drug rehabilitation facility in Nueva Ecija.
“No NDRRMC or OCD official will call or text anyone and ask for funds; much less, ask them to send cash via money transfer outlets,” Jalad said.
Interested donors who wish donate cash are only 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. OCD also publishes official calls for donations specifying the items required in a specific relief effort.
The OCD continues to manage the donation for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) response operations in accordance to Administrative Order No. 27 dated March 31, 2020 and is also part of the National Task Force-Covid-19 as secretariat of Task Group for Resource Management and Logistics.
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. Monetary donations may be deposited to DBP Camp Aguinaldo Branch with Philippine Peso account: 000-00149-435-3 and US Dollar account: 01-5-00047-435-4.