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DSWD warns public anew of text scams

QUEZON CITY, Philippines – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warns the public anew on text scams that continue to circulate.
The text message contains the following: “Congratulations, from President Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, your sim # won P950,000 as second prize winner in the Handog Pangkabuhayan raffle promo, DTI P#9513 s’12. Please text your complete name, age, address. ”
“Do not believe this text message. There is no truth about this because the DSWD, as the lead implementor of Pantwid Pamilya, does not hold or engage in any raffle promo or draw. Pantawid Pamilya does not also give away prizes. And there is no Noy-Noy Aquino Foundation 4Ps Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program,” DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said.
The DSWD urges all those who will receive this text message not to respond but instead to immediately report this to the nearest DSWD office or text to the Pantawid Pamilya Grievance Text Hotline: 0918-912-2813.
Pantawid Pamilya is a program of the national government that provides cash grants to poor households in exchange of complying with the conditionalities of the program. It is a human development program that invests in the health and education of poor households primarily of children aged 0-14.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.