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DSWD-NIR probes food aid dumping


Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Negros Island Region regional director Shalaine Marie Lucero was asked by DSWD Sec. Judy Taguiwalo to submit a formal and comprehensive explanation on how relief goods that are intended for calamities were allowed to spoil in DSWD offices that are being used as bodegas to include that in Dumaguete City.

This stemmed from a controversy surrounding the disposal of expired food items at the garbage dump site in Candau-ay, Dumaguete that were supposedly buried, but later on discovered to have landed in the hands of civilians.

Dumaguete City Councilor Estanislao Alviola, who is chairman of the committee on health in the city council said he is looking into the report while waiting for the results of the investigation being conducted by the city council regarding the disposal.

Alviola believes that this has become a public health issue rather than merely procedural in cases of spoiled food items. It is not immediately available if these expired food items such as noodles, sardines, rice, among others are being cooked for consumption.

In an interview, however, residents who are in possession of the spoiled food items, said they cooked them and fed to the pigs. But would not want to confirm reports, the expired sardines are being used as “pulotan” by the standbys.

Lucero was also directed to make a report why the central office was not informed about the incident in giving instructions to all concerned to provide concrete measures to ensure that this will not happen again.

Without finger pointing and without blaming anybody, the DSWD secretary took it upon herself to apologize for what had happened in stressing the present administration is trying its best to assure the people that what happened in the aftermath of typhoon Yolanda, when rice meant for the typhoon survivors were allowed to spoil and then had to be buried secretly- would never happen again. Sec. Taguiwalo said it was very disappointing that this has happened.

In an interview with Dr. Socrates Villamor said he was informed by the local Food and Drugs Administration (FDA) that DSWD-NIR had coordinated with the office but up to this time, he has not received any feedback yet from the office. Villamor said he should be given a copy of the report.


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