The Manila Times
May 25, 2013
A fake group pretending to be National Grid Corp. of the Philippines (NGCP) personnel has been roaming around the Zamboanga area to victimize residents with a strategic scam concerning right-of-way (ROW) claims.
In a statement, NGCP said that it is warning the public of a proliferating systematized scam in the Zamboanga area in Mindanao concerning ROW claims.
The countryâ€™s power grid developer cited that an organized group has been contacting land owners along or under NGCP transmission lines and facilities, and has been allegedly promising land owners an amount of P50,000 to P300,000 for every tower constructed within their properties.
The group will then require land owners to provide a copy of their certificate of land title or tax declaration to support their supposed claim from NGCP.
In return, the owners are also asked to pledge 40 percent of their claim as the organizationâ€™s commission rate.
â€œThese fraudulent acts are not sanctioned by NGCP and this organization does not have the legal personality to represent NGCP,â€ the lawyer Cynthia Alabanza, the companyâ€™s spokesperson, said.
â€œWe would like to warn the public to refrain from transacting with these individuals, as they are not connected with NGCP and will only take advantage of your properties,â€ she added.
According to NGCP, it conducts ROW negotiations with landowners whose properties are and will be traversed by transmission lines.
â€œSuch negotiations are done professionally and no fees or documents will be required from land owners,â€ NGCP said.
The company further said that it directly deals with landowners and has not authorized any third-party representatives to conduct negotiations.
Madelaine B. Miraflor