Davao City (DSWD XI) – The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) warns the public of a group known as Maharlikan Da’wah following a spot report submitted to DSWD Thursday morning by Barangay Captain Alimodin A. Usman of Barangay 23-C, Poblacion District.

According to the spot report, the group has been distributing illegal documents with the letterhead Maharlikan Da’wah Humanitarian Empowerment and the logos of DSWD and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program. Further, the report indicated that the group collects money for their prescribed forms and in exchange of membership in Pantawid Pamilya, in the amount of P25.00

A certain Jamil Florece Buscayno who introduced himself as the Founding Chairman of Maharlikan Da’wah with two other representatives identified as Jerson Abdul Jaleel Bonjibod and Omar Dipatuan, deceptively presented themselves as members of the organization connected with DSWD and Pantawid Pamilya.

DSWD reiterates that Maharlikan Da’wah Humanitarian Empowerment is in no way connected with DSWD.

It was previously noted in January 2015 when a certain group named Full House Multi-purpose Cooperative (FMC) falsely introduced the Pantawid Gutom Program targeting Pantawid Pamilya beneficiaries in Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental.

DSWD repeatedly urges everyone to always be cautious and vigilant. DSWD only identifies its program beneficiaries through the the Listahanan or the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR). The poorest households in the municipalities will be enumerated, interviewed and validated by legit DSWD personnel.

Furthermore, DSWD will never ask money or any remuneration from families nor promise them that they will be included in any DSWD programs.

For questions or complaints, visit the Pantawid Pamilya offices located in all cities/municipalities all over the region. Information may also be directly obtained from the Pantawid Pamilya City/Municipal Links assigned in every barangay, or by texting the DSWD Pantawid Pamilya grievance hotline at 3456. (DSWD)