March 27, 2017
Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Director General, Secretary Guiling “Gene” Mamondiong has asked the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to investigate the person behind the scam that uses his name to collect money from officials of the agency.
In his Advisory 001 series of 2017, Mamondiong ordered officials of TESDA (Central, National Capital Region, Regional and Provincial Offices) to ignore phone calls which seek to collect money from them purportedly upon his instructions.
Reports reaching the office of Mamondiong said that an unscrupulous individual has been making phone calls using his office to seek financial contributions purportedly for the drug rehabilitation program of the government.
Mamondiong reiterated that he never used the telephone as a form of communication in relaying his important directives or orders to any attached agencies of TESDA.
If they receive any similar phone calls, the TESDA chief told them to verify first with his office to avoid being gypped by the scammer.
The TESDA chief is hopeful that the NBI would be able to pinpoint the person behind in the scam as soon as possible.
In February, a fake Facebook account of Mamondiong was uploaded on social media which contains fake news. The NBI also looked into the case.
“We advise you (all concern) to be judicious in dealing with such situation and other similar matters thereto. Verification with the Office of the Director General/Secretary can be easily done," said Mamondiong in his advisory.