‘This is why we release this kind of information so the citizens will get involved in running the government. The changes that we want will not happen if we don’t take action’, says DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo
MANILA, Philippines (Nov. 3, 2016) — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) on Wednesday, November 2, encouraged survivors of Super Typhoon Lawin (international name Haima) to report irregularities in relief distribution in affected areas.
“Immediately report to our field offices any irregularities in the distribution of relief goods in (your) respective areas,” DSWD Secretary Judy Taguiwalo said.
She added: “It is important that the people will know how local government units run their programs. This is why we release this kind of information so the citizens will get involved in running the government. The changes that we want will not happen if we don’t take action.”
DSWD has been receiving reports of relief packs being allegedly tampered.
The welfare department encouraged citizens to report cases to its field offices below:
- DSWD CAR – (074) 442 3946; (074) 446 5961; 09060941064; 09491417232
- DSWD Region I – (072) 8882505; 09399586757
- DSWD Region II – 09177710966
- DSWD Region III – 09088814109
Citizens can also report relief-related concerns using the Agos eBayanihan’s map or its free SMS service.
One of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines, Lawin left at least 12 dead – 8 from the Cordillera Administrative Region and 4 from Cagayan province – as of October 21. Damage to agriculture and infrastructure in Cagayan province alone reached at least P8.5 billion.
Meanwhile, Taguiwalo also expressed her gratitude to those who gave donations to the victims.
“We will use the donations we received to assist in the rehabilitation of devastated cities and municipalities, and most importantly, to help those whose houses, crops and livelihood were destroyed,” she concluded.