DSWD open to probe on
buried relief goods in Leyte
QUEZON CITY, Dec. 7 -- The Department of Social Welfare and Development
(DSWD) welcomes the probe on the buried relief goods in Dagami, Leyte which
is being pressed by Senator Ferdinand Marcos Jr.
DSWD Secretary Corazon Juliano-Soliman said that she is open to any
investigation that would give the Department the opportunity to clarify the
“As I have said, there are personnel in the Department that have been
negligent in their jobs to keep the relief goods in good condition. We are
not washing hands on this, we will establish the liability of the persons
involved here and make them accountable, in accordance with civil service
rules,” Soliman said.
The Secretary said that the buried goods were intended for the survivors of
Typhoons Ruby and Glenda. She reiterated that the goods were already unfit
for human consumption.
“Our goal here was to make sure that the goods will not reach the affected
families anymore. That is why these were disposed of immediately,” Soliman
said. “We are now putting in place several reforms to enhance our
warehousing capability and handling of relief goods to ensure that a similar
incident will not happen again.”
She assured that the result of DSWD’s own investigation on the issue will be
made public. (DSWD)