March 21, 2014

Worm-Infested, Rotting And Expired Relief Goods Being Delivered To Typhoon Yolanda Victims

Evidence is mounting that some of the much-needed relief goods being delivered to people affected by Typhoon Yolanda in the Visayas region are either rotting or expired. Some of these are even infested with worms and crawling with maggots. In barangay Gacao in Palo, Leyte, residents have received boxes of donations that are not fit for human consumption.

When Panchito Cortez, the chairman of the barangay inquired about the source of the relief goods, it turned out that these came from the municipal office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. DSWD attempted to retrieve the damaged goods but the barangay chairman decided to keep them as evidence in case he is inquired about them.

Cortez said that when he arrived at the village, he saw his constituents going through relief goods at the barangay hall. “nakita kong hinahalungkat ng mga tao sa barangay namin ang kartun-karton ng noodles, biscuit at mineral water. Paglapit ko, may nagsabi na meron daw nag-deliver na sinabi na lagyan mo lang ng pangalan, huwag mo lang pirmahan,” he told

These relief goods turned out to be unfit for consumption. Cortez added "Nagrereklamo ‘yung aking mga residente kasi inuuod na ‘yung (ready-to-eat dishes), bulok na ‘yung mga biscuit at ‘yung tubig hindi na maaring inumin dahil sa hitsura nito." 

The chairman went to the municipal office of the DSWD to inquire about why damaged relief goods were delivered to his barangay. Municipal Social Welfare Officer Rosalina Balderas admitted that the goods came from their office but she said she didn't have the time to check on them before being delivered because she didn't want to delay the delivery process.

Sources: InterAksyon, YouTube, GMA News

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