Marañon warns senior citizens on modus

NEGROS Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. warned senior citizens to be careful with the new modus operandi that targets the elderly to make money.

The scheme is that unidentified persons, who pose as employees of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) and Office of the Senior Citizens Affairs, would go house to house to talk to senior citizens about the benefits they could avail from the social pension of the agency.

However, senior citizens should first pay P800 as registration fee to avail the supposed benefits, including a P500 monthly allowance, P6,000 quarterly allowance, and free therapy sessions.

Marañon said the elderly not to be persuaded by the modus as many people would want to take advantage of them as he urged them to be vigilant.

Earlier, the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) received complaints from five senior citizens after they have paid the fees, but the perpetrators failed to return to their homes for the supposed free sessions.

Merle Garcia of PSWDO said that another complainant, who is from Bacolod City, reported to their office that four senior citizens in their barangay have also been victimized.

Only this time, the perpetrators were wearing uniforms of the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), she said.

The victims have also filled out membership forms, which bore the logo of DSWD signed by a certain Ruth Magallanes, department head, and Jhonny Tubban, consultant.

The National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod district office is investigating the case.

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