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CLAIM: The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) posted a registration link for the distribution of Noche Buena gift packages.
Why we fact-checked this: A Facebook page named “DSWD educational cash assistance” posted the claim on October 6. The post has so far garnered 36,000 reactions, 18,000 comments, and 2,100 shares.
The post asks the public to send their personal information – such as name, age, address, and phone number – through a registration link to avail themselves of the giveaway.
The post also includes a photo of the supposed gift package, showing pasta, spaghetti sauce, sandwich spread, canned milk, and other food items placed in a bucket.
In another post, the Facebook page shared a list of individuals supposedly slated to receive the Christmas food baskets.
“Ang DSWD ay walang anumang programa na namimigay ng Noche Buena Package. Hindi rin ito nagpo-post ng registration link sa social media para sa mga gustong huming ng tulong sa ahensya,” the department said.
(The DSWD has no program for the distribution of Noche Buena packages. It also does not post any registration links on social media for those seeking assistance from the agency.)
The department added that the Facebook page that made the claim is fake and not affiliated with the agency.
The DSWD advised the public to exercise caution and to verify the information they consume online.
Fact-checked: Rappler has debunked claims on financial assistance programs supposedly from the DSWD:
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- FACT CHECK: DSWD does not provide cash assistance for completing SIM card registration
- FALSE: P10,000 monthly allowance for 4Ps beneficiaries, solo parents
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