3,000 ‘Pablo’ survivors march to DSWD to press for better relief delivery

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DAVAO CITY, Philippines—More than 3,000 residents devastated by Typhoon Pablo in the provinces of Compostela Valley and Davao Oriental marched to the gates of the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development here, on Monday, and set up camp to demand that government extend relief operations.

Barug Katawhan, who also led the 10-hour road block in Montevista last January 15, said the protest action would be a way to express the rage of the typhoon survivors against what they called as the inept delivery of relief and rehabilitation services, most especially in the far-flung areas.

The group called the March 19 deadline for the distribution of relief goods illogical, considering that many residents have been suffering from hunger and malnutrition.

“Our suffering has not yet ended. Hunger still haunts our villages most especially now that we are once again devastated by Tropical Depression Crising,” Karlos Trangia, Barug Katawhan, spokesperson, said.

The protesters are also demanding for the immediate release of 10,000 sacks of rice without any preconditions from the agency.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman committed during the Jan. 15 barricade that she would release the rice to the group but reminded them to comply with government requirements on the documentation of beneficiaries.

The requirements include the distribution plan and a master list of the recipients.

DSWD was willing distribute the rice, but Barug Katawhan failed to submit the master list, Soliman said.

Trangia explained that the organizers and the residents were apprehensive about giving their names because the government might use it to file charges against them.

The local police force of Montevista has already filed cases against eight leaders of Barug Katawhan and support groups who organized and participated in the road block.

“The residents are afraid to give their names. We do not know where this list will be used,” Trangia said.”

Soliman earlier clarified that the residents had nothing to worry about, saying it has never been the policy of the DSWD to hand over documents to the police and military.

Trangia, however, asserted that if the government was sincere in providing services, the government should have already drawn up the list, based on their ground monitoring.

“They should not pass the burden to the people. We have lost almost everything. It is time for genuine government services,” Trangia said.

Barug Katawhan also said that Presdient Aquino must also immediately conduct a transparent investigation on the issues of corruption hounding DSWD.

“We also wanted to know where every single centavo given by foreign donors went. If it will be proven that there is corruption, then the leaders of DSWD must be held accountable for it,” Trangia said.

Trangia said they would not leave camp just outside the DSWD until their demands are met.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/beng.atibo.3 Beng Atibo

    Nasaan na ang billions of pesos donation??? Ibinulsa na!!!

  • MULEN

    Biktima daw ng Bagyong Pablo pero dala dala nila ang mga placards para sa kandidatura ni Teddy Casiño at ng mga party lists ng makakaliwa. 

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZEQ2ZNLQKBF24IN74H2TKURYE confused

      hindi ba sila pwede magiing both? ang tanga lang ng koment na ito

      • MULEN

        At ito confused pa rin sa sexualidad niya samantalang nakasaksak sa pwet niya ang matigas na bagay hahaha

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZEQ2ZNLQKBF24IN74H2TKURYE confused

        kung ganyan ka makipag argumento. kawawa ka naman. 

  • malek_abdul

    Saan nga ba napunta ang mga milyon dolyares na relief fund galing sa ibang bansa? If those funds were meant for the victims of Typhoon Pablo then by all means give it to them. Huwag niyong ibulsa. Maawa naman kayo sa mga biktima ng kalamidad. Pati abuloy sa mga namatay pinag-interesan niyo pa!

  • Hunter421

    Just curious but I wonder how many of these 3,000 pay taxes?

    • MULEN

      Many of them are lumads who rely on dole outs to fend for themselves, with or without calamities. Marami dyan nakisakay lang. Kung tutuusin, kahit wala pa ang kalamidad, talagang paghihingi sa bahay bahay ang nagiging hanapbuhay ng karamihan ng mga iyan. Talagang ayaw magbanat ng buto lalo na iyong mga kalalakihan kasi daw kultura nila. Pasyal ka dito sa Mindanao at makikita mo sila: lumad, Badjaos etc.  

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZEQ2ZNLQKBF24IN74H2TKURYE confused

        this is sooo racist and ethnophobic (xenophobic) hmmmm

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/RB77HFWKYPOOSGRUY4BZD6RJ4U Ronald

    ang lupeeeeet ni dinky pati relief goods tinalo

  • tunderlulo

    Barug Katawhan baka karamihan sa inyo ay mga professional settlers hindi tunay na taga Compostela Valley na napinsal ng bagyo kasi bakit ayaw niyong sundin ang requirement nas isubmit ang mga pangalan niyo at sindahilan niyo na baka kayo isakdal sa husgado. Mga peke kayo kung ganyan. Tama si Soliman na malaman talaga kung mga beneficiaries kayo kasi dating gawi na ang ganyang maraming mapagsamantala basta sasapit ang kalamidad. Karamihan sa inyo ay peke kaya magsiuwi na lang kayo.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZEQ2ZNLQKBF24IN74H2TKURYE confused

      Baka? haka haka taz iinsultuhin mo yung mga tao? dahil Baka lang? wala kang basehan?

  • florence457

    Kung talagang hindi kayo pekeng taga compostela bakit sa dami niyo ay wala kayong kasamang mayor o kapitan na makipag usap kay Soliman?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZEQ2ZNLQKBF24IN74H2TKURYE confused

      bakit inde mo tanungin yung kapitan at mayor? diba motu propio dapat kasama sila ng tao? para ka namang bago ng bago.

  • wawa2172

    Let us not waste our time to help the lumads. Most of them still shock in awe with two floods cause by Pablo and another just a week ago. Laitin man natin na patay gutom or squatters sila, I guess the 3,000 people represents how hungry they are. The DSWD needs to support this people by working on the listing not the victims who do not have the laptops that Dinky have. Mam Dinky baka di marunong mag sulat yang mga staff mo or are IT illiterate. Merong paraan para mag sa gawa nang listing sa mga victims. You have the experience with 4PS and I guess you have in the list thousands of beneficiaries. Kaya nyong gawin ang listahan sa 4Ps bakit di nyo magawa ang list para sa polyphony victims. Nako baka magalit ang LP niyan, marami siguro sa kanila ay botante rin.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_3TWVIBNBHJIBKXLUC5IT2JYM5E Harry

     No CCT for those poor victims?

  • wilms1963

    siguro mga NPA kayo…hehe he gobyerno rin pala takbo nyo….

    on the other hand ..bakit parang ang gulo  sec dinky ng rehab program?

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZEQ2ZNLQKBF24IN74H2TKURYE confused

      siguro? nilalait mo yung mga biktima tapos siguro lang basehan mo? labo nun

  • JasonBieber

    Would it be wrong to say that President Aquino doesn’t seem to care much for the poor victims of typhoon ‘Pablo?’

    These victims are trying to let their voices be heard. The UN has even said that the victims are not receiving enough help from the government. It’s been months since the typhoon hit and still the victims are being ignored.

    In all honesty, PNoy visited the victims once right after the typhoon hit and the visit was brief but yet he was able travel to places like New Zealand, Australia, and Switzerland. It doesn’t seem right the the victims of typhoon ‘Pablo’ are being neglected.

    • D_BystandeR

      DSWD should give help to the Pablo typhoon victims without any pre-condition. The poor has been suffering a lot and every day that passes by is a big problem to people with hungry stomachs. As pointed out by the protesters, they said that DSWD has their own staff working on the ground and as reasoned out they should be the ones to produce the
      list not the poor people themselves and then blame them for not being able to produce the list. The people are apprehensive that the DSWD will use their list of names submitted to that office in some other sinister plan to get back on some of them based on some pretext. The withholding of the sacks of rice intended for the typhoon victims is an unforgivable blunder that should be immediately rectified if they want their DSWD office as worthy of the function and obligation they are expected to fulfill. Pres. Noynoy should look into this problem if he thinks the poor people are being unjustly withheld of what they are supposed to receive for a long time. He should bear in mind the truth about that universal saying, “that a hungry man is an angry man!” He should listen now to their valid pleas and demands!

      • JasonBieber

        You have a very strong point. Unfortunately, the problem is that NoyNoy has been long ignoring these poor victims even when it known that they have not been receiving the help they need.

        The victims have been pleading and even the UN has stepped in and addressed the issue.

        Maybe NoyNoy is too busy boasting about his few accomplishments to realize that there are indeed still major problems in the country.

  • Adam_d_langgam

    busy na ang mga tao sa malacanang  .. election na.  ang gugulo nyo.  aba asa kayo sa gobyerno eh sa tapos na ang photo ops ng mga politicians.  kasalanan ninyo ‘yan at bakit kayo mga mahihirap  …. di bale, sa sunod na bagyo ubos na kayo.  ketam  … wala ng problema ang gobyerno.  di ba “madam stinky” soliman?

    paging pres penoy  … oooops.. busy din.  kasama sa kampanya ni senator legarda.  nagmumurang kamatis si budoy … in love daw ke loren

    • To_Be_Continued

      iba talaga ang jobless na bakla. puro usapang baboy ang alam

      • Adam_d_langgam

        bakit, nakatira ka na ba ng baklang baboy?  he he he ….. you love licking behinds dork?

      • To_Be_Continued

        you like sakingmydik huh, LOL

  • boybakal

    3,000 ‘Pablo’ survivors march to DSWD to press for better relief delivery….

    It’s time for these Pablo victims to move on their own….too much dependency on the gov’t.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/UZEQ2ZNLQKBF24IN74H2TKURYE confused

      only those who have actually felt hungry can understand the pain of hunger

  • disqusted0fu

    How bad is it that the typhoon victims who the DSWD should be attending to are the ones who actually made the effort in going to DSWD office? These poor typhoon victims are already desperately begging for help and assistance, what else do they need to do for the Aquino administration to give them what they badly need?! The Aquino admin can’t have any excuses of scarcity of supplies or whatever, the PH was given millions of dollars by other nations. Maybe there’s just scarcity of quality work and concern.

  • Desmond Starr

    I am from Davao and I’ve been going to the disaster areas since December.  We go there every week for 1-3 days.

    WHAT THESE PEOPLE DID ARE WRONG!!! It was looting, and they are being used for political reasons.

    The people who organized bringing them to Davao should be criminally charged.  kahit balik-baliktarin, mali ginawa nila, the relief goods intended for them are in Panacan, the stocks they took are for the Crising victims.

    Grabe, Mali ito. stop hiding behind the reason “kawawa at gutom sila kaya nagawa nila yun”, may systema. if they don’t respect the system, the are part of the problem.

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