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Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman tries to talk to residents occupying a highway in Compostela Valley to protest what they said was the uneven distribution of relief goods to survivors of Typhoon “Pablo.” KARLOS MANLUPIG / INQUIRER MINDANAO

MONTEVISTA, Compostela Valley—Hundreds of residents complaining of the uneven distribution of relief goods ended their occupation of a highway here that blocked vehicular traffic for a few hours on Tuesday.

At least 7,000 residents of this province and Davao Oriental occupied part of the highway before noon on Tuesday complaining of the uneven distribution of relief goods to storm survivors.

They agreed to move out of the highway after government officials agreed to distribute relief goods more fairly.

The protest action rendered the highway impassable for a few hours and leaving hundreds of commuters stranded.

The residents had been demanding the release of at least 10,000 sacks of rice.

Led by Barug Katawhan, an organization of Typhoon “Pablo” survivors, the residents decried “poor and selective” government relief services.

Barug Katawhan said only residents with family cards are given access to government services.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon “Dinky” Soliman and Compostela Valley Gov. Arturo Uy had tried to negotiate with the protesters.

“My only appeal is for you to let the vehicles pass through. If you want justice, okay we will talk about that,” said Soliman.

“But please also give justice to those who are stranded. They are already hungry,” she said, shouting for her to be heard by the protesters.

A protester shot back: “This is the message we are trying to deliver: We are starving!”

“If the people stranded are hungry, then we, the residents, are already dying,” said the protester.

The residents also demanded the cancellation of all Integrated Forestry Management Agreements (Ifma or logging permits) in the region devastated by Pablo.

After several failed attempts to use the sound system that the protesters were using, Soliman raised her voice challenging the protesters to voluntarily disperse to prove that they are genuine people’s organizations.

Failing to convince the protesters to leave the highway, Soliman and Uy left at around 3 p.m.

At about 9:30 p.m., a truck loaded with 1,900 bags of relief goods and 100 sacks of rice arrived at the barricade.

Soliman also sent a note, saying 10,000 sacks of rice will be released in the next two days. The protesters left the highway at this point.

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  • opinyonlangpo

    I am wondering where the billions of aid for these people has gone. All they are asking for now is just probably a sack of rice for each family. The DSWD is overwhelmed, worse if another calamity will come soon.

    • Loggnat

      They demanded 10,000 sacks of rice from DSWD instead of asking for them from their provincial and local government officials. The local politicians who received emergency funds for their constituents should be audited to show where the funds were spent. The national government should minimize doing handouts and local distribution but should focus on providing funds for those victims who are willing to work cleaning, clearing, repairing damaged roads and infrastructures. The national government should course all relief goods and funds to the provincial government which should be responsible for distribution of the relief to the worst hit towns and villages. That’s what the provincial and municipal government are established for and it is one of their main responsibility to their constituents.

  • farmerpo

    Uneven distribution of relief goods… take note Senators. Sounds familiar? This is where you MOOeeee should have gone.

  • NAGMAMARUNONG

    to all BK members: DO NOT COMMIT A WRONG TO CORRECT A WRONG.
    to local politicians: DO NOT USE THIS TIME AS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR POLITICKING.

  • txtman

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

    WOW!

    DAANG MATUWID.
    .
    .

    TAGAL NA NANGYARI

    ANG TYPHOON PABLO, AH
    .
    .
    .
     IM SURE KUNG SI GMA YAN NANGYARI

    SANGKATUTAK NA ATAKE NA

    FROM THE YELLOW MOB

    LEAD BY PHILIPPINE DAILY INQUIRER
    .
    .
    .
     BUT SINCE

    KAY PENOY
    .
    .
    .
    ALA LANG

    ANG GALING!

    AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    PITIFUL

  • pablowescobar

    what transpired was a PLAIN PROPAGANDA. have you read any reported complains of poor and selective aid distribution here before the protest?  well a week after pablo, there was. but it was addressed.

    sinakyan ito ng politico at maka-kaliwang grupo. because the LEFT is irrelevant these days since the military is the one gaining the sympathy of the people. it’s because of their relentless efforts since DAY ONE. you cannot blame the AFP, they have all the assets to help the victims and survivors.

    you cannot solve the problem through another problem: road blockade. the food aids are stocked in nabunturan, NOT in Montevista. why block the national highway if they can actually “raid” the warehouse if they are indeed hungry? simple, it’s PROPAGANDA. to shame the government, esp gov uy and sec soliman.

    who’s behind this aside from extreme LEFT? well., try to find out if who’s the political rival of gov uy. sino vice gov ng kalaban niya:? si franco tito.

    • wawa2172

       I guess hindi propaganda ang nangyari. Talagang gutom na ang mga tao kaya di na mapigilan ang galit. Somehow Dinky should plan a better way to distribute the relief goods. As mentioned stamping of hands of recipients or perhaps the use of indelible ink. Hindi naman sa tatagal ang relief distribution and the victims will have to find means for themselves. Nakaawa ang tinamaan nang bagyo but that is life so gumawa tayo nang maayos na paraan para patas sa lahat. See, hindi lang sa senate at congress nangyayari ang ang uneven distribution of Pork kahit saan and in this case sa relief distribution of DSWD.

      • alberto santiago

        A corrupt heart will never do any good and true intentions. Jesus Christ said: “Saan nanggagaling ang mga kasamaan? Nanggagaling ito sa masamang puso ng isang tao. Pagpatay, pangnanakaw, pangangalunya, pagsisinungaling, pandaraya, pagsamba sa dios-diosan etc…

  • Rally sa Chinese Embassy

    @opinyonlangpo: hindi na-overwhelm. kinurakot lang ng mga taga LP yung relief. inipon para ilalabas lang sa mga sorties ng mga LP senatoriables. ang utak di ba?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/EA7TIY7PYXEU5UOXG2K5CY5F64 Eric

    May aalma talaga pag uneven ang distribution………parang si Miriam sa senado.

  • Immortal

    Saan napunta yung tulong galing sa ibang bansa? From UN, etc…

    • aelic divera

      Meron nga raw kaso di raw pantay ang pagbigay, yun ang angal nila. Di kasi nabibigyan ang malalayong pook. Napakalaking probinsya kasi ang apektado at takot din ang gobyerno libutin ang buong bayan na kontrolado din ng mga NPA at ibang bandido. I hope you get the whole picture now. May kanya kanya silang rason bat nagkaganyan.

  • Rovingmoron

    The DSWD must do what Japan did to its relief goods recipients. Let’s have discipline, once and for all. Stamp the hand of each recipient every time you give him/her the relief goods. It’s the habit of Pinoys to go back again and again to get those relief goods. Let them toe the line..

  • tata_boy

    Dito dapat gamitin iyong pork barrel at mga bonus ng mga senatong at tongressmen. Bakit tahimik ang mga mambabatas?

  • glg_ph

    the lgu, dswd and other agencies are doing their best, this so called protesters are just a miniscule compared to the others who are disciplined to wait line and be served. shame on the organizers who did not even lift a finger to help those in need but used the occasion to serve their political ends

    • txtman

      HUH?

      PUMUNTA KA DOON

      PARA MAKITA MO

      MGA KALAGAYAN NILA

      .
      .
       PALIBHASA

      WALA KANG ALAM

      PITIFUL

      • glg_ph

         sir nandito pa ako hanggang ngayon, ikaw ang walang alam

      • motorcyclemama

         Actually, parang ang tingin ko may gumagamit sa mga protester na yan.

        Typical na makasarili. Silang mga protester na yan, nasa kalsada, pwede sila makaluwas para makapaghanapbuhay. Pero yung stranded dun wala talagang magawa. Tapos may gana pa silang mangharang ng pagkain papunta dun sa mga stranded. Damay damay na lang ba?

        Dapat sa mga yan pinagkukulong.

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

        Of course, that’s the typical poor Pinoy mentality. Gustong kaawaan palagi, di nagsisikap para mapaahon ang sarili.

      • alberto santiago

        Naranasan mo na ba tamaan ng matinding CALAMITIES AT DISASTER, HUNGER AND THIRST, HOMELESS AT JOBLESS afterwards? Ano kaya ang gagawin mo lalo na na pag alam na alam mo na napakaraming tulong na dumarating para sa inyo ay hindi dumarating, at ibabalita pa sa media na nakakarating at naipamigay? O makikita ng iyong 2 mata na very selective at palakasan ang pagbibigay?  Naranasan namin iyan not only once but many times dito sa Batangas. Tatanungin at kukunan ng litrato ang durog mong bahay at makikita mo na ang daming aid na mga tabla at kahoy para sa nagibaan pero ng tanungin mo ang dswd sasabihin sa iyo hindi ka kasali sa listahan. Pati mga bigas at de lata etc. hindi ka kasali. Ang mga nabigyan ay mga malalapit na hindi naman nagibaan.

      • motorcyclemama

         Iba yung magpoprotesta ka at ipaalam ang reklamo mo sa magpoprotesta at HAHARANGIN ang tulong na hindi naman intended sa inyo. In short, kasakiman yan.

        Disiplina dapat pairalin kahit naghihirap, kagaya ng ginawa ng Japan.

        Wag mo kong tanungin kung naranasan ko na ang mga kalamidad dahil kahit nung bata pa ako, may kalamidad o wala, gutom din ang inaabot ko. Hehehe

      • hustlergalore

        naku yang mga militante na yan. parang mga predators din yan. akala mo mga makabayan, e manggagamit din. kapag tapos na sila sa yo. bahala ka na rin sa buhay mo. LOL

      • hustlergalore

        BWAHAHAHAHA. supalpal ang txtman sa’yo!

      • motorcyclemama

         ayos ba? medyo masakit ba ang sampal ni glg_ph?

  • akramgolteb

    Parepareho lang tayong lahat. Mga politiko iniipon muna lahat ng relief goods para repackage na may tatak ng partido at pangalan nila bago distribute. Ang mga tao naman nagpapadala sa mga communista at sinusunod ang sulsul nila na gumawa ng gulo. At ang ibang tao naman dahil nandudugas at nanlalamang sa kapwa nila mamayan, nabigyan na at pumipila pa uli, kaya ayan tinigil ng DSWD at naghigpit sa pagdistribute ng relief goods bumagal tuloy.

    • alberto santiago

      Hindi mo kabisado ang DSWD brod. Kahit sino mamuno dyan napapalpak. Si Dinky nga galit na galit sa dating DSWD style nuong panahon ni GMA, pero nuong siya ay maupo ano ang nangyayari? Tingnan mo ang 4P’s ang daming corruption till now hindi nareresolba’

  • Pablo Juan

    Who are the miners and illegal loggers in Compostela and Davao Oriental? all of their names are prefixed by “Honorable”.

  • kismaytami

    “This is the message we are trying to deliver: We are starving!” The only message PH politicians will never understand.

  • Manassas Benedict L. Serrano

    ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES !!! BIKTIMA NABIKTIMA PA ULI! BUT WHERE THE MEDIA? I DONT HERE MEDIA ATTACKING P-NOY  ADMINISTRATION IN FACT SABI DA HIGH TRUST RATING PA DIN SI P-NOY? KUNG UNDER PGMA ITO NANGYARI ABA SANGKATUTAK NA SANA BATIKOS ITO!!! TSK TSK TSK !!! TRULY ONLY IN THE PHILIPPINES !!!

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

      “I DONT HERE”?
      Baka “I don’t hear,” dre. Haha! :)

  • surigao_miners

    Tahimik ang Media, Busy ang Pangulo natin sa Pangangampanya. Nag aantay ng donasyon ng ibang bansa pero si Enrile namimigay ng 2.2m sa mga senador! Only in the Philippines!

    • magiting78

      Be proud pinoy tau hahaha….iboto nyo anak ni Enrile para may 2.2M ulit cla hahaha…Vote straight UNA1….uunahin nila bulsa nila…lols at isa pang lolz

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_2VLO53PRSSY76BZOWLOHJDM33M jeray

    Busy pa sa kapapangako kasi ang pangulo… gets nyo?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza

    DI NABIBIGYAN LAHAT KAKAAWA BAKIT KAYA ANO BA GINAGAWA NILA DAMI NABUBULOK NA BIGAS!! NFA TAPOS SI ENRILE NAMIMIGAY LANG NG 2.2 MILLION ANO KLASENG GOBYERNO MERON TAYO!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_JW3SV7ZIGLJCJMECO2IUN7GCCU smiley

    please ask the middlemen! 

  • Tonypogi

    I never thought that relief aid is a right. Tulad ng dati sinulsulan na naman noong mga militante. sunod naman kaagad ang mga tao para makuha ng libre. Ganito na lang ba lagi sa Pilipinas? Inuuna ang hingi bago magsikap sa paghahanap ng ikabubuhay?

    • alberto santiago

      Hindi militante yon. Sigaw ng taong bayan kasi tutuo naman inirereklamo nila. Eh talaga naman ang mga relief na yan at tulong lalo na from other countries ay intended for the Pablo victims eh bakit hindi inirereleased ng DSWD at ginagawang piecemeal style kasama ang mayor para magmakaawa at magmukhang kawawa ang mga taong nasalanta. Puro mga bagong kagamitan, clothings, kumot, tents, millions of dollars in cash ang galing sa foreign aid pero ano ang nakararating sa mga disaster victims—- ukayukay na damit, second hand na kagamitan etc….NASAAN ang mga bago at magaganda at pera????

    • Joseph Alianza

      at hindi pera ni donkey ang hinihingi pera galing sa donation ng ibang bansa milyon mlyon yun nasaan na..o may additional n nmn 4 million ang amerika..

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Charles-Lynel-F-Joven/685946584 Charles Lynel F. Joven

    the protesters are right too….ban all forms of logging and mining in the typhoon-affected areas!!!!!

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWETT3MTRLN22WP5LR46QBIUCQ bornite

      pano nakapasok ang mining at logging sa usapan na yan? eh karamihan sa kanila mga nagtatrabaho sa bundok din as gardeners (thus, nag kakaingin din for clearing of mountains for their crops), cutting trees for their use..yung mga sumisigaw ng no to logging and mining, mga hindi taga dun yun! walang mining dun!

    • Jessan Catre

      Kasalan din ng mga NPA bakit talamak logging at mining kasi KUMIKITA din sila by extortion…este, “revolutionary tax” pala!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q3QGG5QHBLRMZTIYWUFURY6J2E Night

    sino ang inutil??? iniipit para sigurado kung sino iboboto ninyo sa 2013….

    kung hindi kayo mag commit gutom kayho!

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/AIYSIJJOL4JNRLHXVTGUH3NYHM The Overlord

    Typical poor Pinoy mentality. Kung di makuha ang gusto, magra-rally kaagad rather than following the rule of law.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_KAGAOIBHOROFBZW3ATJLXHKLQU MaR A

      You’re right. But life have become too hard to even follow the rule of law, a law or law(s) that ineffectively exists. -I’m against the law breakers

  • alberto santiago

    Tutuo naman na ang pinakamabagal sumaklolo at pinakamatipid magbigay ng tulong sa mga disasters and calamities ay DSWD. Mga NGO’s religious group at private people ang nauuna. Millions are given by foreign countries to aid the disaster relief pero hindi naibibigay lahat. INIIPIT. Sa 4P’s lang for example, dito sa Batangas City ang daming hindi pa nakakakuha since November 2012 ng pera till now. Pagod na pagod na kapupunta sa banko at sundot sa ATM ng receipient walang lamang pera. Hindi Pantawid gutom ang nangyari kundi GUTOM. 

    • $23455908

      O eh baka naman naharang na ng mga taga riyan sa inyo ang pera. Nasaan si Vilma Santos diyan sa problema ninyo??

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWETT3MTRLN22WP5LR46QBIUCQ bornite

    haay, pati ba naman sa mga relief distribution may nag mamanipulate na mga leftist organizations??? grabe naman kayo. Ginagamit niyo mga tao para sa sarili niyong interest! mangyari sana sa inyo nangyari diyan sa mga niloloko niyong mga “totoong victims”…karamihan din ng humihingi diyan mga hindi talaga victims, nakiki sawsaw lang. Kelangan talaga ng cards para malaman ang genuine residents. Primary example was the Guinsaugon Landslide in Southern Leyte, wherein ang mga victims were actually the sons and daughters of the barangay residents who were out of the barangay when the tragedy happened..pero nung dumating mga reliefs, nakow, ang haba ng pila at humihingi, when actually those true victims were already buried by the landslide…tsk,tsk.
    Continue with the permits or cards and distribute it to the real victims. 
    Para naman sa mga sumasawsaw, tamaan kayo ng kidlat at tubuan sana kayo ng extra ulo sa pagiging magulang, ganid, at paggamit ng utak sa masamang paraaan! 
    Haays!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWETT3MTRLN22WP5LR46QBIUCQ bornite

    those people must also know na may limit ang mga relief..hindi habambuhay sila bibigyan ng pagkain. They have to work on their own too para makakain.

  • hustlergalore

    nye! may people’s organizations?

    juice mio mga militante. walang patawad. pati mga biktima ng bagyo. gagamitin sa political agenda. LOL

  • $23455908

    Nagtataka ako! kung bakit itong DSWD Sec. Dinkee Soliman ay kinakailangang personal pang pumunta sa Davao para lang mamahagi ng relief goods. Por dios por santo, Dinkee, doon ka na lang sa opisina mo at doon mo ayusin ang tamang distribution ng relief sa mga sinalanta ng bagyo. Hanggang ngayon , walang kaayusan sa gawaing ito. Make it systematic. Ayusin at pagsama-samahin ang mga donasyon. Alamin kung ilang buwan o taon ang pagbibigay ng relief goods. Ipagpagawa agad ng mga bahay at temporary bridges ang mga nasalanta para nang sa gayon ay umusad ang komersiyo at economiya ng nasalantang lugar. Maraming pondo dahil maraming donasyon. Calling COA to audit the donation given to government and NGO’s particularly ABS-CBN, GMA7 and other television networks. Kung lahat ng donasyon ay pupunta sa dapat puntahan, believe me, walang magugutom na tao sa mga sinalantang lugar. Magkaroon lang kayo ng centralized agency na siyang hahawak dito and other satellite offices compose of local government, PNP, Naval Seebees, ARMY, Air Force, Doctors and Nurses, Teachers and all other agencies into one then everything will be in place. Magiging maayos ang lahat at hindi ka na dapat Dinkee uma-appear diyan sa mga ganyan gawa. Don’t worry about mileage. Hindi diyan nasusukat ang kakayahan ng tao. Basta’t Walang kurakutan.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bambina.fernandez.5 Bambina Fernandez

    I have several religious friends in Mindanao that were affected by the typhoon Pablo and they texted na talagang walang tulong ibinibigay ang government especially sa malalayong lugar. NGO’s and Church organizations are trying their best but their funds are also limited! 

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