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Tuesday, February 8, 2023

Alleged scam victims of Laban ng Lahi event receive assistance from LGU-Bislig, DSWD

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) through the Crisis Intervention Unit (CIU) of the City Social Welfare and Development Office conducted an assessment last February 6, 2023 of the 27 victims of an alleged scam that happened in the City of Bislig.

The incident transpired through the “Laban ng Lahi” event composing different sports categories and raffle events.

Accordingly, the participants arrived on January 28, 2023, with a promise of free accommodation, food and round trip transportation. However, on February 1, 2023, the service provider suspended the amenities because the organizer failed to pay the said amenities.

Since then, the participants received nothing and are left stranded in the city.

The sports event ended but no winners were declared including the release of prizes and the return tickets. 

Local Chief Executive Florencio C. Garay and the LGU extended assistance to the victims by providing them their temporary shelter at Florland Resort, San Vicente 1 as well as their meals and daily needs.

The group of participants were mostly students and could hardly afford fares in order to return to their residences. Thus, the victims are in a crisis situation and eligible for transportation/cash assistance.

With the situation, the 27 stranded individuals were given P 5,000.00 each as transportation assistance from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD). (NGPB/CSWDO, CIO-Bislig/PIA-Surigao del Sur)