Davao Oriental gov denies hoarding of relief goods

Subscribe Now February 27, 2013 at 09:03pm

Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon disputed allegations of hoarding of relief goods by the government for victims of Typhoon "Pablo" in the province. Malanyaon said several agencies, including the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), have implemented a “systematic way of distributing relief goods” in the hard-hit towns.

“The distribution of relief goods in the province of Davao Oriental has been smooth. Mechanisms have been put in place so that all those who were affected by Pablo are able to get their share,” she told ANC’s “Top Story”.

The governor also said the affected families were each given ration cards, which made it virtually impossible for the DSWD to miss them.

“I don’t think anybody can say that some of those affected were not able to receive their share because there is a schedule for the distribution of the relief goods,” she said.

“Imposible ‘yun sa amin kasi all the families were provided with a ration card which they will just use at the designated barangay distribution site. If they are not able to get their share during the distribution schedule, all they to do is go to the local command post, show their ration card and get their share,” she added.

Malanyaon, however, admits that there is a small possibility that some did not receive relief packs, but she said her office did not receive complaints even during the height of the crisis.

“Ang mga barangay officials during the time of crisis ay nakikipag-coordinate, wala namang nagrereklamo. So it is presumed that all families received their share of relief goods,” she said.

Malanyaon noted that even in the town of Cateel, one of the hardest hit areas by the typhoon, relief packs were distributed in the remote villages through various command posts.

Pablo survivors, many of whom came from Compostela Valley, along with activists ransacked the DSWD office on Tuesday, stealing sacks of relief goods, rice and noodles.

They accused the DSWD of hoarding the goods and failing to distribute 10,000 sacks of rice promised to them in January.

Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman, however, said the relief items taken by the survivors and activists were supposed to be distributed to victims of tropical depression “Crising,” which recently hit the Davao region.

Soliman said charges will be filed against those behind the incident, which Soliman believes was politically-motivated.

“Ang mga taong mahihirap nagagamit sa isang political agenda ng mga grupong ito. Nagugutom na nga ang mga tao, gagamitin pa natin. Kasi ang tanong ko, kung tunay na gutom at hindi na sila makakain, sino ang nagbayad sa kanila para pumunta ng Davao City?” she earlier said.

Source: abs-cbnnews.com



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