DSWD reminder: Donation drives need permit

Arianne Merez, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Apr 16 2020 05:04 PM

People from the local barangay bring food relief packs to residents of Brgy. San Miguel in Pasig City on Thursday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA- The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reminded the public Thursday to secure a government permit for donation drives.

Soliciting donations is regulated by law, DSWD Undersecretary Camilo Gudmalin said as he noted that some individuals are abusing the coronavirus pandemic for their personal gains.

Gudmalin was referring to the Solicitation Permit Law which regulates the solicitation of donations to remove illegal fund drives.

"Well, just to make their solicitations legit, they have to secure the solicitation permit. We will facilitate in DSWD for the issuance of that permit," he said in a virtual press briefing.

"Marami kasing mga kaso na ginagamit itong pandemic sa mga solicitation," he said.

(Many people are just using the pandemic in their solicitations.)

The DSWD, in a public advisory on Wednesday, said all individuals and organizations must first secure a permit from the agency for donation drives.

Permits can be applied at the nearest DSWD office that has jurisdiction over the area where one wishes to conduct the solicitation activity, the agency said.

But given the enhanced community quarantine in Luzon and other areas, the DSWD said solicitation permits can be applied for and paid online, too.

Gudmalin said the permit aims to ensure that fund drives are "properly done and will go to the intended beneficiaries."

"We need to know especially from DSWD where are the areas we need to serve and where are the areas we need to solicit, so that we will be able to determine and monitor whether, in fact, these solicitations were used for their intended purpose," Gudmalin said.