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Robbing Hoods of Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Funds

If she works in any country from the west, Dinky would have been given her marching orders  to vacate her plush office as secretary of social welfare and development for her sheer incompetence.  In fact if she had grown in the west, she would have offered to resign!!!

Dinky, with her department, admits to tonnes of food wastage due to spoilage.  The high and mighty DSWD took their time to distribute the food to the victims of the typhoon.  It seems they would rather see the food spoil rather than give these away!  For weeks the food donation remained in a huge bodega (warehouse).  Therefore, not enough space is being freed for the deluge of more donation that were coming in.  Trucks would come in and because of lack of space, they would just dump goods outside the warehouse in Tacloban.  Sacks of grains were left out in the rain to rot.  The reason is that Dinky and her ilks would like everything to be rewrapped in DSWD’s non-biodegrable plastic bags with their logo; thus, ensuring that every recipient would be subliminally grateful for their meagre alms from DSWD!

I think times like this,  Freedom of Information would have been so useful.  The madlang people could ask to see copies of receipts of how the donated monies are being spent.  I am sure the UK alone sent enough hygiene kits to last a long time and other countries would have done as well.  So what really happened to the billions of donated monies.

It is only right for the Philippines to be open with how they used and applied the donation as the wider world has embraced and had been more than generous to the typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda victims.

Show us the receipts, Dinky!

DSWD admits P2.8M worth of relief goods for ‘Yolanda’ survivors spoiled

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MANILA, Philippines–Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman confirmed Tuesday the findings of a Commission on Audit (COA) report stating that 7,527 Family Food Packs with an approximate cost of P2,784,900.00 meant for survivors of super typhoon “Yolanda” (international name: Haiyan) were lost to spoilage “due to improper handling.”

In an interview with Radyo Inquirer 990 AM, Soliman said that the food packs got wet because the goods were not covered while in transit from Cebu City to Tacloban City.

The COA report on “Yolanda” relief operations, which was posted on its website, revealed that 19,172 canned goods, 81 packs of noodles, and 21 sacks of rice went to waste.

Apart from spoiled food items, COA noted that bottled water procured in Manila worth P69,296,400.00 were not distributed in Tacloban City “due to lack of transport facilities”.

’90 percent of cash aid already utilized’

Soliman, said that as of August 28, the DSWD has already utilized 90 percent of total P1,121,890,457 worth of foreign and local cash donations.

“Ito pong [COA] audit na ito ay tiningnan noong November to December 2013. Hindi nila na-examine ‘yung [relief operations] ngayong 2014. As of August 28, ang atin na pong natanggap na foreign and local donations ay P1,121,890,457. At 90 percent po niyan ay amin nang na-utilize, kasama na doon ‘yung nakita nila na P780 million plus na hindi raw na-utilize,” Soliman said.

(The report only covered November to December 2013. It did not examine the relief operations this 2014. As of August 28, we have received P1,121,890,457 in foreign and local donation, 90 percent of which was already utilized, including the P780 million plus it said that we failed to utilize.)

The statement was issued by Soliman following findings of a COA report on Typhoon “Yolanda” relief operations which revealed that the department failed to utilize P782,012,090.71 worth of foreign and local cash donations.

Citing the reason for the underutilization of foreign donations, Soliman said that DSWD used government funds to finance its rehabilitation efforts during the aftermath of “Yolanda.”

Soliman also said that the department used its cash donations to finance its “Cash for Work” program, livelihood projects, emergency shelter assistance, and procurement of non-food items such as hygiene kits.

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Robbing Hoods of Haiyan/Yolanda Relief Funds

19 November 2013

Relief aids for typhoon Haiyan, locally known as Yolanda, are coming thick, fast and furious from every corner of the world, both international and national.

But despite this, the aid took time to get to the people. Some of the reasons are now coming out.

Robbing hoods from the Government are at work.  They are robbing from the donors and giving the goods to the poor a la Robin Hood of Sherwood Forest!

binayJejomar Binay, the second highest ranking official of the Philippines delayed distribution of some international relief because he thought he should use the opportunity to do some subliminal campaigning for the Presidential election of 2016. He ensured that people who see or receive the goods will believe (wrongly) that these came from the office of the Vice President. Binay created personalised bags for the relief goods and stickers for the bulkier items. LOL

As Sharon Cuneta, Philippine actress, host and singer, twitted “Unbelievable”.

It is unbelievable, instead of spending national monies on his personalised bags he could have given the money directly to the building funds.

indonesia

The ungrateful Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) of the Philippines took it upon itself to cast aspersion to the benevolence of Indonesia. Apparently instead of distributing the goods with immediate effect to the sorely and perilously starving victims of Yolanda, as what countries from around the world which donated would expect, the DSWD instructed that all the bags are opened up and everything inside were scrutinised minutely, some of the items like crispy rice and crispy noodles were put aside and the rest repacked in personalised bags of DSWD. In doing so, it robbed both the victims and Indonesia of the relief aid. To add insult to injury to philanthropic Indonesia, the DSWD said that their reason was to make sure that Indonesia did not send out of date goods.  LOL, the nerve of the DSWD!!!

To Indonesia, everything you donated were gratefully received by mainstream Filipinos.  We can’t really speak for  the Government as they have been taken over by nasty aliens from outer space!  That is the only reasonable explanation of their inhumanity! 🙁  They are not human!

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DONATION WATCH:

Repost from Toots Syled :

Just want to share a PM from one of our members, from New Jersey, USA.

“Hi tita toots. Last friday dumating kami sa Manila with my other friends. Bumisita kami sa NDRMMC and Red Cross para ma idala namin ang 10 big boxes of relief goods and Para ma sigurado na ang 5000thousand families in Tacloban ma cater ng McDonalds ngayon ang problema nagkataon Dinky Soliman was there She told us dapat idaan namin sa DSWD pero ang sabi pa nya dapat palitan ang plastics ng mg relief goods na dala namin at ang ipapalit nila is ang plastic na may pangalan ni P-noy, at pilit nilang binuksan nila ang mga boxes tapos when we refuse to agree on them di kmi binigyan ng clearance at mas malala pa may Tax pa.”

(Hi Auntie Toots.  Last Friday, we arrived in Manila with our friends.  We visited NDRMMC and Red Cross so we can forward 10 big boxes of relief goods and to ensure that 5000 families in Tacloban are catered by McDonalds.  The problem was Dinky Soliman was there.  She told us that we had to pass the relief through DSWD and we had to change all the plastic bags of the relief goods  they were in and put them in a personalised bags bearing PNoy’s name.  They forced open the boxes; when we refused their conditions, they did not give us clearance for our relief goods and then gravely taxed us! )

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Don’t let the relief goods go to waste!

It seems DSWD is hoarding the relief goods; failing to distribute these and therefore not freeing space for more incoming aids, ergo items are left to  rot in the rain.

DSWD is an organisation that is out of its depths.  They may be forgiven for the first couple of days of inaction but 2-3 weeks of mismanagement and incompetence are now beyond a joke.

JPJhermes, Nagpapatrol

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Typhoon Yolanda: DSWD Wasted and Rotting Relief Goods

 
Going viral on Facebook, Ron Epiz’s shares some snaps of rotting relief goods, wasted food due to disorganized repacking operations and delivery boxes just being dumped without care.
 
Here’s the post:
 
I was in Tacloban for three days. I went there last Saturday and went home just last night. I saw the heartbreaking devastation. The place where we used to go as our alternative for Cebu, is now ruined by ST Yolanda. As we traveled from Maasin to Tacloban, we have seen the damaged. Worst from the damages of agriculture, infrastructures, and houses, are the lives of the people. I have seen dead bodies along the roads: some in body bags, some in the coffins, some exposed and rotten…all of them cannot anymore be identified.

But what breaks my heart are the signages, posters, whatever of any kind with one message: “HELP US! WE NEED FOOD AND WATER!” I was there. I was at the relief warehouse, I’ve helped the relief packing. I was at the airport, I saw how the countries in the world unite as one. I visited some areas and saw the Leytenos go on with their lives despite the tragedy. I went to Sampaguita village in Tacloban City to visit a friend who I call a survivor. Their house still stands but roofless, yet they cater neighbors whose houses are completely damaged. There are debris around their area. She told me they have not received any reliefs yet.

 

They were only able to get reliefs ONES BECAUSE THEY WALKED FROM THEIR HOUSE TO THE AIRPORT. I also went to Tabon-tabon,Leyte to check families of my friends. It is an interior town of Leyte Province with 16 barangays. They are also heavily damaged. They have 14 human casualties, a number of injured residents, and roofless houses. They only got reliefs from the Province of Leyte, but only a few received it. There are even reliefs that were soaked in the rain, wet and wasted! We passed the towns of: MacArthur, Dulag, Tolosa, Tanauan, and Palo, we have seen different calls for HELP. I have seen people lining up, hoping and waiting to receive reliefs. My first day in Tacloban was spent at the Relief Warehouse doing NOTHING. We arrived at the area around 2pm, introduced our team and presented to volunteer. The DSWD staff told us “PAHINGA MUNA KAYO HA”. We were staring with each other. And I was like, WTF! We’re here to help, we traveled around 4 hours and then…we’re just told to rest!? And yes, we wasted about 3 hours because they told us to rest! We entered the packing area of the warehouse around 5pm. We presented our vehicle to be used for transport of reliefs for distribution but it seems like they do not need it. As you can see in the photos, reliefs are abundant. Every hour, international and local reliefs arrive at the Warehouse. A number of volunteers come to help. And, a number of survivors walked as far as Jaro,Leyte to the warehouse, trying if they can get reliefs directly.

Dear DSWD,

I saw you. We saw you. I have seen the Central and Regional Offices’ staff. Secretary Dinky Soliman is even there. Without any bias, because I have friends working at DSWD, I have relatives and friends who are Social Workers, I appreciate your efforts… BUT IT IS NOT ENOUGH! PLEASE. PLEASE DOUBLE YOUR TIME, IMPROVE YOUR MANAGEMENT STYLE AND MAKE YOUR OPERATIONS EFFICIENT AND EFFECTIVE!!!

It breaks my heart seeing bottled waters outside the warehouse spread like garbage, rice grains scattered like no one cares, relief boxes literally being dumped by trucks without thinking that whatever inside maybe damage, reliefs outside the warehouse soaked in the rains, and you DSWD staff at the warehouse spending your day talking/chatting/seating while there are a lot of things need to be done ASAP. IT SEEMS LIKE NO ONE IS SENSITIVE ENOUGH TO HANDLE THE RELIEF ITEMS. If I were to judged, it seems like things are TAKEN FOR GRANTED BECAUSE THERE IS ENOUGH ALREADY. Funny it seems, our team complained about the dirty bottled waters outside which we think are already garbage and are to be disposed. But after complaining, we happened to volunteer ourselves to clean the bottled waters. I wonder if it will happen that way, if we did not presented ourselves. I do not know if you all have personally visited the areas who call for help. I do not know if you are aware that the people in the areas are hungry, thirsty, and are badly in need of your URGENT HELP.

I do not even understand why you do not augment your standard, if that is your standard, that on every relief family pack is only THREE KILOS rice, when I have seen there are already a thousand bags of rice and more are coming! I do not even know why you do not have enough plastic bags when I think you already know that it is a vital requirement for the packing! I do not even understand why you have that “FOOD FOR WORK” program, if that is a program, where you let the affected people particularly children do the packing of relief for a certain quota in exchange of relief packs, when all these reliefs forwarded to your office are FOR FREE! It should be given FOR FREE WITHOUT CONDITIONS! And what disappoints me more was when some of your staffs (I recognized them as DSWD staffs because they are wearing your red vest and oters are wearing yellow uniforms of DSWD) pretended to be packing reliefs as soon as PNoy arrives at the packing area. I understand you are afraid of your boss, the President of the Republic of the Philippines. I have just lost respect on you because of what you did. When PNoy left, those staffs, the pretenders, stood up saying “Tara na! Wala na si boss!”.

What you did discourage the volunteers, FYI. Dear Sec. Dinky and DSWD, your office is the in-charge of a very significant operations at this time when almost everyone in the region are affected. Your Office is one of the major keys for the people to go on in surviving this painful ordeal. PLEASE RELEASE ALL THESE RELIEFS NOW BECAUSE THESE ARE INTENDED TO BE GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE! These reliefs are not given for just recording and keeping, nor these need not be stocked for a long period of time! THESE RELIEFS ARE INTENDED TO BE CONSUMED BY THE AFFECTED PEOPLE! I know you do your work because you are there. I understand you are tired and maybe sleepless. But please be reminded that the affected people are also tired waiting for the reliefs and are sleepless thinking how they are going to live without food and water! Dear DSWD, please double your time, release these reliefs as fast as you could! The countries in the world already have done their share by sending unlimited relief assistance. The Filipinos in the country and abroad already show the Spirit of Bayanihan. There are already volunteers who express their help and support to your office and they are even more willing to assist your operations. PLEASE SHOW CLEAR COMMAND! If other countries have voluntarily responded to the urgent call for help ASAP, then why you cannot do it for our own Kababayans?

More than a week passed, please, please, please, HAVE MERCY ON THOSE AFFECTED TOWNS. Not just the towns, but the people in the barangays especially those who are in the interior areas. Find a way to fast track your operations! And please… properly handle the reliefs! It may be a portion of the many stocks at the warehouse but if you give it to the families, it is already a BIG TREASURE. A bottle of water and rice grains can already make these families survive one day of their lives. It is definitely heartbreaking. As for my part, I have seen the people and their situations. I have read the different calls for help. I have seen more than enough supplies of reliefs. I recognized the different groups of volunteers. I have appreciated the relief efforts. I have witnessed your relief warehouse operations. And I sense, there are some things WRONG IN BETWEEN that your office should settle so that the united efforts will not be wasted!

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