By Marc Siapno
MALAYBALAY City–It has recently come to the attention of the National Anti-Poverty Commission (NAPC) that it has been misrepresented by members of a specific organization in Bukidnon.
In this context, the Commission would like to clarify its association with parties and organizations that seek to represent the sectors.
Certain individuals and organizations in Maramag, Bukidnon have been claiming an affiliation with the Office of the President through NAPC.
The organization Kapisanan ng Magsasaka, Mangingisda at Manggagawa ng Pilipinas (KAMMMPI) appears to be distributing membership application forms in batches of 30 to form clusters.
In exchange, the clusters are then promised Php150,000 or Php5,000/member, from the Self-Employment Assistance – Kaunlaran (SEA-K) program.
NAPC would like to stress that no individual or organization has received an appointment to represent the Commission or its partner agencies in this regard.
The agency is currently in the process of preparing for the National Sectoral Assembly and the list of organizations to be invited has yet to be finalized.
More importantly, the SEA-K program is a capacity-building program of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) done in coordination with local government units.
The organization of potential recipients, known as SEA-K Associations, is managed by respective DSWD offices stationed in different regions across the country, following definite criteria and procedures. NAPC is not in the position to influence SEA-K processes.
In order to prevent the perpetration of any such fraudulent schemes, please refrain from transacting with individuals or parties posing as personnel of NAPC or any government agency, particularly those asking for money in exchange for the immediate release of funds, approval of any documents or facilitation of processes for government projects.
NAPC encourages the public to report similar instances to the national or regional offices of the concerned agencies to confirm the credibility of such organizations and their specific claims. (NAPC/PIA-10)