‘Pablo’ survivors end protests at DSWD office in Davao City


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DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Negotiations between survivors of typhoon Pablo and the Department of Social Welfare and Development on the delivery of relief goods ended on Wednesday night, breaking days of tensions and skirmishes between local authorities and the communities.

The two parties agreed to work together in validating the list of relief beneficiaries, to check on those not included but were actually displaced by the typhoon.

The DSWD also agreed to extend the distribution of relief goods until June, not March as earlier announced by the agency.

The protesters were also to be given 100 sacks of rice as they leave for home Wednesday night.

Thousands of protesters marched to the DSWD and camped outside the government premises starting on Monday to press for the delivery of relief goods to typhoon victims, especially the sacks of rice pledged by the DSWD.  Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, however, said the protesters had refused to give them their own lists of beneficiaries.

The protesters, on the other hand, had expressed fear the list would be used for what they called a DSWD witch-hunt for the leaders of the protesters.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/danilo.navarro.946 Danilo Navarro

    kung talagang tunay na mga biktima ang mga nag rarally bakit takot silang mag bigay ng listahan ng mga taong kasama nila yung mga nag lider ng rally natatakot malaman kung sino talaga sila sa kanila mismo nanggaling ang salita they fear that the list will used by what they called dswd wicth-hunt for the leader of the protesters ibig sabihin may tinatago  kung sino talaga sila,,sa interview ni ka toning madami daw tumulong sa kanila para madala ang mga kasama nila sa davao may ngo simbahan mga pribadong samahan ,,dapat imbistigahan yang mga yan.pwedi namang daanin sa maayos na usapan palagay ko naman may budget sa pag arkila ng bus at pag kain yang mga yan..uso kasi sa mga nah rarally pag di nasunod gusto nila yung mang gugulo na,,

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_WYAZBOJYIUCRLWTYJBORBVTTOI boyfarmer

       ayaw mag bigay ng listahan kasi mga npa ang iba sa kanila, natatakot ma identify ng military at mahuli. . .

  • bogli_anakdami

    anong klaseng mga animales tong mga flip gung gongs?

    kapag dumating ang relief goods, ipamudmod doon sa mga ‘sang tambaks na pulubis at squats which is about the entire flipland population…

  • http://www.yellowmythbusters.gov.ph/ Weder-Weder Lang

    When Senator Santiago lambasted DWSD Chief Dinky Soliman for playing god before, many did not understand the good senator’s point. With DSWD’s hoarding exposed by no less than the typhoon, flood and landslide victims themselves, there’s no denying Dinky Soliman is indeed playing god. Why she insisted on hoarding the goods which were bought with taxpayers’ money in time of election is difficult to understand. But it does add fuel to the fire and fuel speculations in the realm of conspiracy theory.

    God helps those who help themselves. The calamity victims have every right to help themselves to the goods hoarded in DSWD warehouses. Dinky Soliman should stop playing god, lest she incur the wrath of God.

    To PNoy, ang nagugutom na taongbayan po ang boss nyo. In the same vein, they too are the boss of Dinky Soliman.

  • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

    Paano mo bibigyan ng relief goods kung walang listahan. Pambihira naman ang mga ito. Typical Pilipino, gusto pa ring makapanlamang sa kapwa. 

    • I.P Enrile

      Oo nga asan ba ang listahan? Di ba DSWD dapat ang may listahan? Sino ang nanglalamang e di yung nagho-hoard ng relief para may supply silang ipamimigay sa mga campaign sorties.

      • crisostomo_ibarra_the3rd

        Try to read the report.
        “Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman, however, said the protesters had refused to give them their own lists of beneficiaries.
        The protesters, on the other hand, had expressed fear the list would be used for what they called a DSWD witch-hunt for the leaders of the protesters.

        Why would you simply give relief goods to people who are not cooperating with the system. Bottomline, these instigators have messed themselves amongst the beneficiaries. If they cant give in their names, it only means that they are mobs whose only purpose is isahan ang mga legitimate beneficiaries.

  • superpilipinas

    PNoy is bragging about progress when there are so many people left behind. The progress that he is telling everyone is only benefiting a few people and not having any impact to the poor and the needy.

    Just look at appointees of PNoy in PCSO, pocketing tens of thousands of pesos every board meeting and giving away money to its employees. The money is public money meant for the people of the Philippines. If CoA did not check, they could have gotten away with it. Now what about transactions that are not under CoA scrutiny? You need a whistleblower or a journalist who are brave enough to be ready to die.

    If FOI is a law today, corruption of officials and incompetence will be exposed. Then it will drive people including in DSWD to perform up to people’s expectations especially the needy.
    If the needy also knows thru FOI how DSWD is operating and what is going on with the relief goods, then they will have no need to raid DSWD, provided of course DSWD is doing its best.

    Team PNoy and its allies seem to afraid of FOI since it will expose corruption and incompetence. They did not prioritize it in the last Congress.

    So don’t vote for Team PNoy……unless they sign a covenant:1. to make FOI the top legislation priority.2. to pass an FOI law based on expectations of the Filipino majority by March 2014.3. to immediately resign or not run for office in 2016 and 2019 elections if there is still no FOI law by March 2014.

    If Team PNoy doesn’t commit to the above, let’s vote the others who are at least saying they will push for FOI.

  • http://jaoromero.com/ Jao Romero

    contrasting culture:

    in Japan, immediately after a natural calamity, people get back up and start rebuilding without waiting for government action or handout.

    in the Philippines, 3 months after, people are content waiting for handouts, and any delay or sign handouts will end results in a riot.

    may lakas kayo mag rally pero wala para gawan ng paraan ang sitwasyon nyo?

    • pubringjuandelacruz

      ganun nman tlaga ang iba nating kababayan, inaasa lahat sa gobyerno. hindi na lang magsikap at mabanat ng buto. kaya ung iba nting kababayan, kapag nakakakita ng taong yumayan, pinagkakamalang drug lord or may illegal na gawain ksi yumaman. hindi nila naisip na puedeng yumaman sa malinis at marangal n paraan.

      ang mga pobre ay mananatiling pobre hanggat di sila magbanat ng buto at pahalagaan kung ano ang meron sila at makuntento kung ano ang meron.

    • cheesecake_21

      That’s because they have savings to rebuild their houses. They need not wait for the government to send them help because the government never let them wait. The next day, they were able to receive support with their lost livelihood and that’s what Japan is all about: honest politicians and able constituents. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FASESU6FPUXJCZMOVMMFEEMLGU Carmencita Lopez

    lahat naman ng taga mindanao, alam naman na gina divert ng dswd sa mga politico ang relief goods eh. ginagamit yan ni dinky soliman para sa mga politikong malapit sa kanya.

    • zkenpachi

      ksali ksi mga npa n ngrraly kya ayon ngkagulo…

  • disqusted0fu

    It has to take a violent protest first before the DSWD finally moves… Almost 3 years and counting, Pnoy’s people are still noynoying just like he is. It doesn’t seem like Pnoy’s straight path has any direction, it doesn’t even seem straight at all.

  • pubringjuandelacruz

    nakakahiya, pati ung mga NPA nakikisali na rin sa riot!

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