MANILA, Philippines – Compostela Valley Governor Arturo Uy on Wednesday admitted that relief efforts in some areas are being hampered due to politics.
In an interview with dzMM, Uy cited an instance in Montevista town where two local leaders bickered over the distribution of relief goods.
"Dun sa isang bayan, yung kapitan ata eh gustong pumapel doon sa pag-rarasyon. Eh ang problema naman sa kapitan na yun daw, eh noong kapanahunan ng walang krisis eh di naman lumalapit sa mga lokal na opisyal, ngayon pumapapel. So parang ganoon - nagkakaroon sila ng away," he said.
"Konting girian lang, kaya tinawaagan ko [at sinabihan kong] 'nakakahiya kayong dalawa.'"
Uy asked Compostela Valley officials to just focus on the relief efforts and avoid politicking in this time of crisis. He also warned politicians against taking advantage of the situation to campaign for next year's elections.
He said despite such incidents, the Compostela Valley government has managed to distribute relief goods in almost all areas affected by typhoon Pablo, which triggered massive landslides and flashfloods.
The governor also belied reports that the decision of some typhoon victims to resort to begging was due to lack of aid. He said some residents only want to stock up more food for the coming days.
He also appealed to some donors to first course the relief goods to the local government for a more orderly distribution. He said this system has led some residents to line up on the streets while waiting for more aid to arrive.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said as of Wednesday morning, there have been 387,456 people being served inside and outside evacuation centers in Compostela Valley.