VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Post claiming moms, housewives to get P10k monthly from gov’t is FAKE

Another bogus Facebook (FB) page posing as the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) is publishing fake ayuda or cash aid announcements, claiming that mothers and housewives will be receiving a monthly allowance of P10,000.

On Sept. 7 and 8, the page DSWD AYUDA published two posts with the text: “DOOR TO DOOR PAYOUT PARA SA 10K MONTHLY ALLOWANCE SA NANAY AT HOUSEWIFE, SINIMULAN NA NGAYONG ARAW! NARITO ANG DETALYE (Door to door payout for P10K monthly allowance for mothers and housewives starts today! Here are the details).”

It posted a similar fake update on Sept. 6, replacing the phrase “door to door” with “house to house.” All three carried a photo of President Rodrigo Duterte juxtaposed with an image of either Sen. Christopher Lawwrence “Bong” Go or Palace Spokesperson Harry Roque, superimposed with text similar to the post’s caption.

The government does not have a separate cash assistance program for mothers and housewives. A review of DSWD’s posts in its official FB page and website shows no such announcement of any allowance distribution.

In a Sept. 10 FB post, the department warned the public of the sham DSWD AYUDA page and reminded everyone to refer only to the agency’s official channels.

VERA Files Fact Check debunked a similar claim last month. (See VERA FILES FACT CHECK: Post on Duterte’s P10K cash aid to mothers FAKE)

Low-income families living in areas placed under enhanced community quarantine were each given a cash aid worth of up to P4,000 last August. On Sept. 2 — a few days before DSWD AYUDA published its fake announcements — the Department of Interior and Local Government said the distribution of said cash aid in Metro Manila was already 95% done.

That was the latest financial assistance scheme put in place by the government. It had no special provision for mothers and housewives.

DSWD AYUDA’s sham post also carried a link to a Sept. 8 YouTube video by the channel Talakan TV. However, the video instead claims that senior citizens and persons with disabilities — not mothers and housewives — will receive the P10,000 monthly allowance. This is also not true.

As of publishing, DSWD AYUDA’s fake posts have collectively received over 23,500 shares. The most viral version published on Sept. 7 could have reached over 771,000 people, according to social media monitoring tool CrowdTangle.

DSWD AYUDA was created last April 19.

(Editor’s Note: VERA Files has partnered with Facebook to fight the spread of disinformation. Find out more about this partnership and our methodology.)

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