Philippine Statistics Authority warns against scammers

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) warns the public against unscrupulous individuals posing as PSA Officials or claiming to be connected to PSA in soliciting and raising funds in the guise of legitimate PSA activities.

We have received reports that the names of PSA Officials were used by perpetrators, through calls and texts messages in requesting monetary donations for the benefit of laid-off employees in Region V. PSA is neither engaged in any fund-raising activity nor has authorized the conduct of the same.

The public is advised that under Section (7) (d) of Republic Act No. 6713, otherwise known as the “Code of Conduct and Ethical Standards for Public Officials and Employees,” and Section (3) (b) of Republic Act No. 3019, otherwise known as the “Anti-Graft and Corrupt Practices Act,” government officials and employees are prohibited from soliciting money for any purpose whatsoever. Further, any person who shall knowingly and falsely represent himself to be an officer, agent, or representative of any department or agency of the Philippine Government, or who, under pretense of official position, shall perform any act pertaining to any person in authority or public officer of the Philippine Government, shall be criminally liable under the Revised Penal Code.

PSA does not tolerate such illegal activities which may compromise its integrity, and violators shall be dealt with under the law.

We encourage everyone who has received solicitations or has any information of any similar undertakings to report the same to PSA – Legal Service at legal.staff@psa.gov.ph or (632) 8938-5273. PSA upholds privacy, and assures that the identity of the informant will be kept strictly confidential.

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