A Typhoon Yolanda volunteer hit back at DSWD as the welfare wasted and dumped local and foreign relief goods due to insensitivity in repacking goods and handling of the delivery boxes.
Apart from facing allegations of massive corruption and bad governance, the DSWD has also to bear its share for predecessors incompetence if not irregularities, in distribution of aid donated for reconstruction and rehabilitation of typhoon hit areas.
According to some photos that are circulating online, several food, clean drinking water, and other aid for the Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) affected residents given by the local and international donor agencies were wasted and dumped at some warehouses in Tacloban City, possibly in other areas too.
Some of the relief goods for the residents of the supertyphoon stricken areas were mishandled that caused unsuitability for aid. Other goods shown in the picture were still piled up instead of distributing it among the deserving ones. The goods include thousands of bags of rice, and other related materials including some other unknown stuff. USAID, Yara International ASA and other local and international donor agencies had provided the goods that are still to be distributed somewhere.
It has been learnt that the one circulating the photos of negligence of handling relief goods is at present a volunteer to repack relief goods for Typhoon Yolanda victims. He kept on hopping from one place to another to help the distribution of the aid to the needy ones. He also claimed that a lot of residents in Tacloban City and other areas were not receiving reliefs regularly because they still have to reach the areas distributing relief goods, which are miles away.
“It seems like no one is sensitive enough to handle the relief items. If I were to judge, it seems like things are TAKEN FOR GRANTED BECAUSE THERE IS ENOUGH ALREADY,” volunteer Ronz Acasio Epiz said.
In his letter addressed to DSWD, he stated that “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.”
Below are the photos uploaded by volunteer Ron: