Suspected DSWD fixer falls in entrapment op

LEGAZPI CITY—A suspected fixer was arrested in an entrapment operation by elements of the Legazpi City Police Station right at the Department of Social Welfare and Development Field Office at Buraguis here Tuesday.

DSWD Bicol Regional Director Arnel Garcia
The operation stemmed from a request of the Field Office, which sought the assistance of the police because of alleged illegal activities of fixers.

Yesterday afternoon, concerned clients of the DSWD worked with the police to hatch an entrapment operation that resulted to the arrest of suspect Leuilyn Flores.

Thirty-four-year-old Flores is a resident of Tagongtong, Legazpi City, the police said.

The aforementioned client, who hails from Homapon, Malinao, Albay, accompanied her niece to ask for burial assistance of the latter’s husband.

Flores allegedly approached the client with an intake sheet, in exchange of P500.00 once the client receives the cash assistence.

The DSWD reported that upon releasing the burial assistance money, the client met with the suspect, as instructed by the police.

The client handed marked money amounting to P500.00 to the suspect.

The police then arrested the suspect and recovered the marked money.

Said cash would be used as evidence against the suspect, the police said.

Following the arrest, DSWD Bicol warned the public to be vigilant against fixers who charge fees for obtaining queue numbers for medical and burial assistance at the department.

A statement furnished by the Field Office to BICOL STANDARD reads:

"[The] assistance is intended to help the persons in need and not to 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.

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 vallid 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."—BICOLSTANDARD.COM. Pirming enot. Pirming bago.