WINNIPEG – The Philippine Canadian Centre of Manitoba's (PCCM) Board of Directors and Officers are under fire after news broke that relief goods and about $70,000 raised for typhoon Yolanda victims was still in Winnipeg, two months after the typhoon hit the Philippines.
Many kababayans were not too happy, especially since fundraising events were immediately held to send relief to those who need it.
"It's unacceptable for a lot of people who make an effort to rush and donate just to make sure that they help in any little way they can," Aida Champagne.
Matters were made worse during the center's recent annual general meeting, allegedly kept secret from the public.
"I think it speaks volume that they didn't want to face the community. If you wanna have a secret meeting and follow the constitutional rules by informing the community by mail then that's great. But it's not the most common sense way to have 22 people at the AGM represent the community that is 65,000 people strong," said Ron Cantiveros.
PCCM president Lito Taruc, for his part, admitted there was a mistake in the group's handling of the donations.
"In good faith po ang committee ay nag-decision po na iantala yung pagpapadala sa Pilipinas dahil po doon sa pinalabas na federal government na mamatch-an po nila kung magkano po dollar per dollar po ang donasyon," Taruc said.
He also takes full responsibility for the oversight and is now working to have donations sent immediately.
"Bilang president, ako po ang liable dyan. At kaya ako po ay taos-puso, deep inside, na nagso-sorry po sa inyo na ito pong inyong donasyon ay meron pong, may assurance po, at talagang makakarating doon sa dapat talagang makatanggap ng inyong tulong," he said.