DSWD discovers rice for Yolanda relief being sold


Posted at Apr 06 2014 06:33 PM | Updated as of Apr 07 2014 02:33 AM

TACLOBAN CITY -- The regional director of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Eastern Visayas has discovered that rice supply intended for relief operations for Yolanda victims are being sold.

DSWD regional director Nestor Ramos found sacks of rice with "DSWD" and "Not for Sale" markings at an eatery in Tacloban City.

DSWD personnel immediately confiscated about 17 sacks of rice.

The owner of the eatery, however, claimed that she was merely helping cash-strapped Yolanda victims who opted to sell the rice.

She said she buys the rice at P600 per sack, but refused to say who sold her the rice.

She added that some DSWD personnel have long been aware of the practice, and that other eateries are also doing the same.

Ramos said they are currently investigating the matter.

"We have to conduct an investigation because the rice is being sold. Sobra na ba ang rice sa kanilang allocation? 'Yun ang gusto natin ma-determine," he said in a phone interview on "Top Story" on ANC.

He added that they need to know who and where the rice came from, especially as there are still people complaining that there are not enough relief goods for them.

"May mga taong nagrereklamo na walang relief goods tapos ngayon binebenta. Gusto natin malaman kung galing ba 'yan sa bodega, ang source hahanapin natin, o galing ba 'yan sa victims."

He said that they may file charges against the owner of the eatery where the marked sacks were found, especially if she refuses to cooperate in the investigation.

Ramos said distribution of relief goods for internally displaced victims is still ongoing.