Aid beneficiaries should not be charged with any fees, says DOLE

Aid beneficiaries should not be charged with any fees, says DOLE

/ 06:01 PM November 03, 2023

Aid beneficiaries should not be charged with any fees, says DOLE

A throng of employment seekers attend a job fair in Ilocos on June 12 during the observance of Independence Day. (File photo courtesy of Department of Labor and Employment-Ilocos)

MANILA, Philippines — The financial assistance Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is handing out to workers are free of any charges or deductions.

These initiatives include projects done with other government agencies and private companies.


The department issued this reminder to prevent scams.


“The Public is hereby notified that all DOLE programs and services involving the release of funds to beneficiaries through Accredited Co-Partner (ACP) are free of charge and not subject to any fee,” DOLE announced in its advisory on Friday.

“DOLE maintains a zero-tolerance policy against any ACPs or individuals who abuse or exploit the Department’s programs for personal gain,” it said.

“This includes any form of facilitation fees and kickbacks, misrepresentation, or any other activities that harm the interests of beneficiaries,” it stressed.

DOLE warned, “Any ACP or individual found to be in violation of the Department’s guidelines will have its accreditation immediately revoked or will be watch-listed.”

The department is asking people to report abuses or violations of its programs through its hotline or by visiting its offices.

“You may contact us through DOLE Hotline 1349 or through the nearest DOLE Office in your area, with corresponding contact numbers published in the Department’s website,” it said.

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