Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon Juliano Soliman warned the public against unscrupulous individuals and groups using her name and the DSWD in soliciting funds allegedly for families and indi-viduals affected by the armed conflict in Zamboanga.
“We are not raising cash funds for Zamboanga as the government still has enough financial resources for the continuing relief operation there,” Soliman clarified.
“Those who wish to conduct fund raising campaigns for Zamboanga may do so in their capacity as private individual or group. However, they need to get the proper permit from the DSWD for this,” Soliman added.
A total of 23,794 families with 118,819 in 14 barangay of Zamboanga City have been affected by the armed conflict.
As of October 1, a total of 38 evacuation centers are still serving 19,103 families with 102,401 persons.
Cost of assistance has reached P112.24 million from combined resources of DSWD—P106.748 million; local government of Zamboanga City—P1.148 mil-lion; and NGOs and other GOs—P4.343 million.