Official Publication of the Philippine Information Agency Bicol Regional Office, in cooperation with the RIAC-REDIRAS - RDC Bicol

Monday, August 24, 2015

PNP Bicol nabs alleged DSWD fixer

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug 24 (PIA) -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) Legazpi City Station arrested a suspected fixer right at the Department of  Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) field office here during an entrapment operation.

DSWD Bicol information officer Connie R. Barrameda said the operation emanate from DSWD’s request for police assistance because of the alleged illegal activities of fixers in the department.

“An entrapment operation was immediately hatched with the help of concerned DSWD client who reported the said irregularities which resulted to the arrest of the suspect Leuilyn Flores, 34 years old and a resident of Tagongtong, Legazpi City,” Barrameda said.

According to the DSWD’s client from Homapon, Malinao, Albay she accompanied her niece to ask for burial assistance of the latter’s husband on August 17, 2015.

She said Flores approached her to give an intake sheet but asked for P500.00 in exchange upon receiving the cash assistance and allegedly threatened her if she refused to give the money.

The entrapment was planned on that same day upon release of the burial assistance as both parties agreed to meet and proceed with the transaction leading to the arrest of the culprit.

The five hundred bill marked money, which the client handed to Flores was recovered and will be used as evidence.

Barrameda thus warns the public to be vigilant in dealing with fixers who charge certain fees for getting queue numbers on the medical and burial assistance of the department.

“The said assistance is intended to help persons in need and not the ruthless people who take advantage to these vulnerable clients. The agency would not tolerate any kind of irregularity and hope this also serves as a lesson to the public not to engage or transact with fixers,” she said.

The General Intake Sheet (GIS) is used in gathering information/data. The GIS serves as one of the basis for the assessment as to how much assistance to be extended to the client.

The field office releases 60 intake sheets for medical and burial clients’ every day. This is to ensure the fast, smooth, and organized processing of the assistance needed by the clients.

The clients will then be pre-screened by Crisis Intervention Section staff to check whether they brought the complete supporting documents for the assistance being requested.

Accordingly, the amount of financial assistance to be given to the clients shall be based on the assessment of the social worker.

Meanwhile, the requirements for medical /burial assistance include original and photo copy of medical abstract/medical Certificate with signature and license number of attending physician issued within three months, death certificate, original and photo copy of hospital bill or billing statement if hospitalized, doctor’s prescription, laboratory requests, original and photo copy of barangay certificate or residency/indigency, two photo copies of any valid ID of the client.

Under the Protective Services Unit, the E-AICS (Expanded Aid for Individuals in Crisis Situation) provides medical, educational, burial and transportation assistance to persons/families in crisis situations, specifically those belonging to the informal sector and other poor, marginalized, vulnerable, and disadvantaged individuals.(MAL/SAA/DSWD5/PIA5)

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