Angry typhoon survivors call for DSWD chief’s ouster

... Soliman says claims of corruption in relief operations without basis


Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman. FILE PHOTO

DAVAO CITY – Angry typhoon-affected residents protested at the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development here on Tuesday to call for the ouster of Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman for the “corruption and inept implementation” of relief and rehabilitation operations in areas devastated by typhoon Pablo (international code name Bopha).

“The DSWD has already proven itself to be corrupt and inept in implementing the relief and rehabilitation operations. At this point, the Aquino government itself is driving the 6.2 million Pablo victims to rise up and struggle in order to survive,” Barug Katawhan, which also led the 10-hour roadblock in Montevista town in Compostela Valley last January 15, said in a press statement.

Karlos Trangia, Barug Katawhan spokesperson, also accused Soliman of “conniving” with the Armed Forces of the Philippines in its counter-insurgency campaign, using the relief and rehabilitation program.

Trangia added that Soliman should be made to answer for “mismanaging and corrupting the P18 billion-calamity fund and international aid.” He cited as basis for his allegations the fact that many Pablo survivors only received relief packs twice for the last two months.

He alleged that bunkhouses have been overpriced and ghost lists of beneficiaries were drawn up for the “cash-for-work” program in the towns of San Rafael and San Antonio in Cateel, Davao Oriental and in several villages in the towns of Monkayo and Compostela in Compostela Valley.

“We also received reports from the indigenous people in Baganga, Davao Oriental, about DSWD selling relief packs for P200. And residents have also reported that DSWD has forged the signatures of laborers who worked under the cash-for-work program,” Trangia said.

Soliman dismissed the call for her ouster and asked the protesters to provide basis for their allegations, saying that she would investigate their complaints if provided with more information.

“It would be good if they could give the details. I will have it investigated,” Soliman said.

Accusations, Soliman said, could be easily thrown but facts should still be presented to the public.

The protesters also complained about the refusal of DSWD to release 10,000 sacks of rice committed by Soliman during the negotiations to end the Jan. 15 barricade.

Soliman and the local government of Compostela Valley agreed to deliver 1,900 family packs and 100 sacks of rice in the roadblock and guaranteed an additional 10,000 sacks of rice after the barricade was lifted.

However, the DSWD also provided conditions for the release of the additional rice, including the submission of a distribution plan and distribution list.

“They have not given us any of the information that we need,” Soliman said.

Soliman explained that she could not order the release of the rice unless the requirements were complied by the protesters.

“I am accountable for that,” Soliman said.

Barug Katawhan explained that they were apprehensive about provide the names and addresses of those who joined the barricade because the list might end up in the hands of the police and military.

At least eight members and supporters of Barug Katawhan are presently facing charges for leading the barricade.

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  • joshua

    ngik ngik gagamitin kaya yan sa election abangan?

  • Fred

    Kayong mga typhoon survivors, nag protesta na ba kayo sa mga illegal loggers na kumalbo
    ng inyong kagubatan na naging sanhi ng pagbaha at landslide?

  • Sugbuanon86

    Ayan na.

    Malapit na kasi ang eleksyon.

    Limpak limpak na pera ito para sa kampanya ng Daang Matuwid/Team PNoy.

  • Alfred A

    sa daang matuwid…..hehehehe

    • mave

      yan ganyan talga ang kapalit pare, hinayaan nyo makalbo ung bundok nyo well thats what you get….

  • kilabot

    money was spent on unnecessary junkets; 
    typhoon victims get crumbs. sorry folks.

  • koolkid_inthehouse

    eh ano pa. mangrecruit na yan kung sino puedeng maisama sa corruption.  laki donasyon ng mga yan.

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • Adnalab Elrasa

    mang fred hindi issue dito ang illegal loggers.may tamang panahon jan para pag usapan ang usapan dito nasaan ang malaking halaga nawawala at hindi napunta sa mga biktima ng kalamidad.yan dingky blonde soliman dapat imbestigahan ng senado

  • XY ZEE

    Saan naman siya kukuha ng pam-parlor para palitan yung kulay ng buhok niya araw-araw?

  • Edgardo Mendoza


  • Sugbuanon86

    Remember the Code-NGO bonds after Erap’s ouster?

    Isa sa mga architect dyan ay si Dinky Soliman herself.

    Ang laking pera ang nawawala at unaccounted for at the expense of the government.

    These are the kind of people that comprise PNOY’s Daang Matuwid (Straight Path), folks.

    Hindi na nahiya itong sira ulong anak ni Cory na gamiting campaign gimik ito.

    It’s either sobrang kapal at sinungaling lang talaga nitong presidenteng ito, o kasama siya sa racket.

    • ronie

      aba hindi pwede mangyari yan… lahat ng tauhan ni pnoy ay tuwid kuno.

  • Bert

    Quote: “Trangia added that Soliman should be made to answer for “mismanaging and corrupting the P18 billion-calamity fund and international aid.” He cited as basis for his allegations the fact that many Pablo survivors only received relief packs twice for the last two months”.

    Hmmm, so saan kaya pumunta yang 18B PESOSES international aid? Di kaya sa Plaza Miranda proclamation rally?

  • JasonBieber

    Poor typhoon victims…the Aquino Administration have long forgotten about them.

    Hopefully while it is election season they can receive some attention from PNoy but certainly after the elections they’ll be all but forgotten.

    No one remembers the victims because out of sight out of mine. PNoy doesn’t see them or visit them so how can they be helped.

  • George


  • WeAry_Bat

    “It would be good if they could give the details. I will have it investigated,” Soliman said

    That is one sitting reply.  Let’s put it this way instead, have the NBI investigate it because she is either lazy…or part of the plan.

    • lucidlynx

      If you accuse, you provide proof. Alangan naman yung akusado siya ang mag pu-prove ng kasalanan niya. At ang NBI investigates crimes committed if provided at least prima-facie evidence. Hindi puro dada lang.

      Common sense lang puwede ba.

      • WeAry_Bat

        Nope. Take the case of Atimoan, and several other cases where there were complaints like the ‘suicide’ of a witness of the Ortega case, thus the investigations.

        And what proof can they give except their testimony? Isip isip ka rin ha…kung walang paper trail ipina-sign sa kanila.

  • etomacq

    Patuloy ang pamamayagpag ng administrasyon ni Noynoy sa kabila ng walang humpay na korapsyon sa kanyang administrasyon… 

    Wala naman talaga pakialam ang gobyernong ito sa naghihirap.. 

    Para sa gobyernong ito, ang mahihirap ang salot ng lipunan.

    Para sa kanila, ang mayayaman at kapitalista lang ang nag papaunlad ng ating bayan kaya walang karapan ang mga mahihirap na magreklamo.

    Mapaglinlang ang TUWID NA DAAN ni Noynoy.

  • Crazy_horse101010

    she doesnt look like shes straving

  • lucidlynx

    Ano ba yung Barug Katawhan? First time heard of it. At mukhang sila lang ang nagrereklamo. Matagol ng walang bagyo. Bakit hindi sila magtrabaho ulit. Ano, naghihintay lang ng biyaya? Baka hindi pa nga nagbabayad ng buwis ang mga iyan.

    • Bert

      Have you been to Comval to say na “sila lang ang nagrereklamo”? Matagal nang walang bagyo, so? At paano magkatrabaho kung hindi pa nga makakabangon from the disaster dahil kulang ang tulong sa gobyerno at KINURAKOT ang pera from international donors? At kung hindi ba nagbayad ng buwis, wala nang karapatang magreklamo? And are you even sure that these victims are not paying their taxes?

  • Jack

    ikumpara mo yon mukha niya ng una siyang umupo sa kanyang puwesto sa dswd at ang mukha niya ngayon at doon mo makikita ang buong katotohanan

  • Fulpol

    BS Aquino III is pouring money to MILF-Bangsamoro, ARMM area…

    i advised the typhoon victims to migrate to that area…

    they are already forgotten…

  • Fulpol

    Soliman will distribute the relief goods to other areas, non-victims of typhoon…

    for vote-buying….


  • entong238

    Ok Barug Katawhan, sinagot ni Soliman ang paratang niyo na ipubliko ang ebidensiya kay huwag kayong matakot at ibigay sa mag reporters ng mga radyo, television at newspapers ang xerox copy huwag original para isiwalat sa publiko at siguradong may kakampi niyo ang publiko. Sa gawaing ito siguradong mapapatalsik si Soliman kung may kasalanan pero pag ang mga tao niya ang gumawa ng  mga sinasabi ninyo ay sila ang maparusahan kaya ipubliko ang mga ebidensiya

  • Isagani Gatmaitan

    “I have two hands the LEFT and the RIGHT”
    Militants are utilizing the very politically sensitive post deluge crisis, extracting whatever propaganda gains there may be had in attacking  the perceived slow government response to the tragedy. The Military on the other hand is using the intelligence windfall arising from the dislocation of the order of the battle and chain of command of the rebel zones in the aftermath of the natural/also man-made disaster.

    “Dies illa, Dies irae, calamitatis et miseriae, Dies magna et amara valde”

  • ADD

    Ano ginagawa ng Congressman, Mayor, Vice Mayor at mga Councilors? Ang yayaman nila bakit hindi sila maglabas mula sa kanilang bulsa para tulungan kayo? Magaling lang ang mga pulitiko pag sa pagkamkam ng pera ng bayan, pero pag kailangan nyo ang tulong nila nawawala sila.

    Takutin nyo ung mga kandidato sa lugar nyo na pag wala silang naitulong sa inyo hindi nyo sila iboboto.

    • Leop233

      nako nandyan lang yan..pag eleksyon tsk tsk tsk… tandaan sana nila ung mga binoto nila

    • louie

      FYI, politicians are like managers. They don’t need to cash out their own money to help. Once we allow our leaders to give us money from their pockets, we’re already in debt with with them which shouldn’t be the case. What we should demand are their proper managing of govt resources.

  • Jon

    HALA! P18 billion? HOI! MAHIYA KA!! IBALIK MO PERA NG BAYAN foreign aid.. grabeh… what the fck? ano na?

  • James G

    Articles like these need more discernment and less “finger-pointing”. It’s amusing how most choose the latter.

  • malek_abdul

    “Barug Katawhan explained that they were apprehensive about provide the names and addresses of those who joined the barricade because the list might end up in the hands of the police and military”

    How then can the government particularly DSWD be sure that the 10,000 cavans of rice be accounted and will be distributed to the real beneficiaries if Barug Katawhan won’t give the list of names and addresses? Perhaps the rallyists were infiltrated by militants who are not even from that affected area and white-washed the minds of the beneficiaries to stage a rally and barricades.

  • disqusted0fu

    What do you expect? Ms. Dinky Soliman is a KKK of Pnoy, majority knows by now that KKKs have the right to be corrupt without facing consequences, at least for now. No wonder the typhoon victims are having a hard time recovering from the devastation despite millions of dollars given by different nations.

  • ces cruz

    Daang matuwid pala ha.. Dinky Soliman must prove her innocence.. Kung i project niya sarili niya akala mo kung sinong malinis at holier-than-thou!

  • louie

    Though an empty stomach will make anyone agitated, it’s his role to calm down people and talk to the authorities properly. I may say, I’m doubtful of his actions. Barricading will only make the situation worse affecting the distribution of goods. I’m not surprised that Soliman is careful on handing down what they are asking. What if those relief goods go to rebel groups?

  • Hey_Dudes

    I am convinced the more government gets involved in showing or teaching our citizens how to open their palms to expect alms, the more our fellow citizens become dependent on Santa Claus  coming to their rescue that all they need is line up prepared to open their palms.  Trouble with government’s policy of showing compassion is, when it is too slow or not too effective enough, this is what you get.  When I was growing up in the 50’s, walang namamalimos sa kalsada we were never introduced to ‘palimmos’ giving from the government.  Naturally, population then was only 26 million compared to 99 million today.  The catholic church hierarchy through it’s liberal doctrine relating to baby manufacturing, is to blame for this new trend in mendicancy.

    • Bert

      Why blame the church when it is not them who regulate, legislate and impose the laws?

  • juan_liwanag

    Paano nga ba maaayos ang bayan natin kung napakaraming walang ginawa kundi maghasik ng muhi, pagdududa at kawalan ng pag-asa? Tanunging nga natin ang ating mga sarili kung anong positibong hakbang ang nagawa na natin upang ibangon ang ating mga sarili at kapwa, sa halip na manisi lang at magreklamo laban sa iba.

    • Bert

      Tanunging natin ang ating mga sarili kung anong positibong hakbang ang nagawa na natin upang ibangon ang ating mga sarili at kapwa?

      Vigilance and pointing out the ills in our govt, specially on corruption issues, is already one good start…..

    • kismaytami

      Bakit hindi mo tanungin si dinky kung nasaan na yung 10,000 sako ng bigas?

  • Ronald

    hahahaha hindi masisibak at makakasuhan yan LP yan, nakakasuhan lang pag kalaban sa pulitika

  • Fayha

    Basta may Calamity natutuwa si Dinky Soliman. Maraming tulong kasi ang darating galing sa ibang bansa. Dyan na papasok ang mga raket nang mga namamahala sa DSWD. Hinde naman yata nila ina Audit ang pera na para sa mga calamity victims.

  • Kairosphil

    …corruption in other form? oh! inang bayan!

  • pugadlawin

    DSWD! No surprise….
    This agency should be restructured from top to bottom.
    Why don’t be have yearly rotations from one office to another of government employees???
    Please P-NOY?! are you really serious about corruption in government?

  • Kairosphil

    Grand mother of Lolong.!

  • rodben

    Noong panahon ni Gloria umangal si Madam Soliman maliit budget ng DSWD at nagtayo ng Hyath 10 pero maraming naipatayong negusyo daw ang taong ito, and more businesses she stables this time due to a very big budget given by Aquino administration, is this true?

  • rodben

    May malaking mali si DUDES..the people responsibilities are to pay taxes and obey the law, the gov’t has a responsibilities too to give an excellent services to the people…not to them selves and member of family…don’t blame the church but if you are member of COMMUNIST PESO OF THE PHILIPPINES-NEW PESO ARMY( CPP-NPA ) no question about it..

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