Friday, March 14, 2014
On Site Probe of Burning of Relief Goods Urged
The Makabayan legislative bloc has called the for an on site investigation into reports that truckloads of relief goods meant for victims of Super Typhoon Yolanda are being burned by government agencies. In a press statement the 7 member group of party-list congressmen said an inspection in areas hit by the devastating typhoon has become imperative in the wake of reports that government has imposed an information embargo on the issue. While Social Welfare Sec. Soliman belied the reports, lawmakers said an on site probe remains the correct move to determine the truth behind the allegations. There have been reports that millions worth of relief goods have been wasted and burned due to the alleged failure of government agencies to distribute them on time. Makabayan solons cited the report of a municipal welfare and development officer in Palo, Leyte who admitted that truckloads of expired and spoiled goods were dumped and buried in an open dump site in Brgy. San, Jose Palo on Feb. 5, 2014 and Mar. 6, 2014.
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