Public warned vs scam group

AN OFFICIAL of the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) has warned the public against the proliferation of systematized scam in Zamboanga area concerning right-of-way claims.

The warning was issued Friday by NGCP spokesperson laywer Cynthia Alabanza after they received reports that an organized group is contacting land owners who live or have properties along or under the transmission company’s lines and facilities.

Alabanza said in a statement that the group is allegedly promising the land owners of payment ranging from P50,000 to P300,000 for every tower constructed within their properties.

The group requires land owners to provide a copy of their Certificate of Land Title or Tax Declaration to support their supposed claim from NGCP, Alabanza said.

The land owners, in return, are also asked to pledge 40 percent of their claim as the organization’s commission rate, she added.

She advised the public not to entertain the group citing it was not sanctioned by the NGCP.

u201cThese fraudulent acts are not sanctioned by NGCP and this organization does not have the legal personality to represent NGCP. We would like to warn the public to refrain from transacting with these individuals as they are not connected with NGCP and will only take advantage of your properties,” Alabanza said.

She said they have not authorized any third party representatives since the company conducts right-of-way negotiations directly with land owners whose properties are and will be traversed by transmission lines.

u201cSuch negotiations are done professionally and no fees or documents will be required from land owners,” she added. (Bong Garcia)

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