By Junex Doronio
January 13, 2023
Ayuda prank victims massed up at DSWD main office as early as 3 a.m. Friday (Phil. Star photo courtesy)
MANILA — The superstitious belief that “Friday the 13th’ is an unlucky day seemingly holds true for many senior citizens, solo parents, and students who swarmed the office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development-National Capital Region (DSWD-NCR) to get their supposed P10,000 Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) cash aid only to went home empty-handed.
DSWD officer-in-charge Undersecretary and spokesperson Edu Punay said that based on their initial investigation, a vehicle even brought some of the people to the office.
“Iimbestigahan namin yung allegedly na announcement nga po na may distribution ng assistance na unfortunately nga po ay talagang na-misled yung ating mga kababayan,” Punay said.
An elderly woman who requested anonymity cried and expressed remorse for believing her “Maritess” (gossiping) neighbors that the DSWD would be distributing P10,000 SLP cash aid on Friday, January 13.
She claimed that she and many others have camped out near the DSWD-NCR gates since Thursday night, January 12.
For his part, DSWD Assistant Secretary Rommel Lopez said in an interview with Dobol B TV that there was no such application or similar activity scheduled for the day.
“Kahit po kami ay medyo nagulat dahil supposedly naman po na-discuss pa natin ito last week or week ago pa na suspendido ‘yung pamamahagi po natin ng financial assistance dahil nga inaayos pa po natin ang pondo,” Lopez said. (ai/mtvn)