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On the DSWD relief goods controversy: Can the blogger Ella please confirm the story?

ANOTHER UPDATE: Ella’s blog site is again up and running.

UPDATE:The photos hosted by Photobucket have exceeded its bandwidth. Good thing, someone uploaded a screenshot of the entire blog entry. View it here.

I am reposting the supposed entire blog entry posted on October 22, 12:30 pm of Ella from ellaganda.com (supposedly, now blocked). Ella, the blog entry says, volunteered to help in repacking the relief goods coursed by international donors to DSWD. It can be recalled that Pres. Arroyo ordered that donations from abroad go through the said department. What Ella supposedly discovered in a DSWD warehouse shocked her: mountains and mountains of goods for the victims and no one to repack them. There are no volunteers, the DSWD secretary was supposed to have said. Meanwhile, the non-government and people’s organizations have been very active in their relief efforts despite the lack of goods. The blogger Ella is angry, and she wants to spread the word.

If you are out there, Ella, please, confirm this story and the pictures.It must be said, though, that we are not at all surprised, because we know the Arroyo government to be very capable of doing something like this. Something as shameful as this.

The blog entry:

(This post was last edited Oct 22, 12:30 pm)

Kahapon, tinanong ng Philippine News si DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral:

Editor of Philippine News: Why are the relief goods in DSWD warehouses not moving?

DSWD Secretary Esperanza Cabral: Wala kasing volunteers.

This short interview was done over the phone. Philippine News wanted to hear her side pero ayaw niyang makipag-usap sa press. After four tries, pinasabi na lang niya ang maikling sagot na ito sa secretary niya – “Walang volunteers”.

I don’t want to accuse her of corruption but at the very least she is showing signs of being totally incompetent. We are in a state of calamity where every second counts. May namamatay araw-araw dahil sa sakit.

In my opinion, these deaths could have been prevented if Secretary Cabral had tried a little harder to do her job.

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    Deaths from Philippine storms nears 1,000

    “Tropical Storm Ketsana left 420 dead and 37 missing when it flooded 80 percent of Manila on September 26, a disaster the government said affected 4.35 million people.

    Some areas are still flooded three weeks later and 189,000 people remain in evacuation centres,

    Typhoon Parma hit the northern Philippines on October 3 and lingered as a tropical storm for a week, triggering landslides that killed 438 people and leaving 51 missing mostly in mountain communities.

    The government agency said Parma affected 4.16 million people, including more than 32,000 who remain at evacuation centres.”

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During the first week after the storm, lumabas ang “bayanihan spirit” ng mga Pinoy. “Makatulong lang kahi’t konti,” katwiran nila.

kung walang volunteers, ano ‘to, komiks?

From Stella Arnaldo’s blog:

    “At the offices of many civic groups and private organizations, hundreds of people showed up to volunteer in packing relief goods.At the Tulong Bayan center at the Expo Centro in Cubao, Most of the volunteers were adolescents as young as 10 years old, along with their kuya or ate in high school and college.

    They came in huge numbers, many of them barkadas, classmates or siblings, dressed just in their tees and shorts, wearing their Havaianas. All were just enthusiastic to do their share!
    Photos by Leah Navarro

    bayanihan
    Even grade school kids pitched in to help!tulong
    Youth volunteers repack detergents for distribution

    making beds
    Making beds from carton boxes

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GMA asked world for donations

Our government begged the world for more donations. Sumagot ang buong mundo sa ating panawagan. In less than three weeks, dumaong ang mga barko, ibinaba mula sa mga cargo planes, i-diniliver ng mga trak at container vans ang sandamakmak na relief goods. Cash donations were in the millions of dollars.

But these donations must be coursed through DSWD

Nagpalabas ng directive ang pangulo. Individuals, private companies and other nations were ENCOURAGED to send their donations to DSWD. I blogged about it here and the video of her announcement here.

This PGMA directive sounded suspicious to me then. Now I know why. Here’s the story.

A group of eight people, your ate Ella included, went to one of DSWD warehouses to help in repacking relief goods. We know they need volunteers pero hindi namin akalaing WALANG TAO TALAGA SA LOOB NG WAREHOUSE!

As in sa isang humongous warehouse (1000++ sq.m) NA PUNONG-PUNO NG RELIEF GOODS HANGGANG BUBONG, ISANG DSWD employee lang at ISANG SECURITY GUARD ang tao!!

Kailangang magpa-register at i-schedule ang volunteering

    1) UNICEF Registration (as a volunteer)The warehouse can only take as much as 50 volunteers at a time or per shift. Here you will find that there is a 4-hour shift, and an option for a 6-hour shift for the volunteers to indicate their availability.

What “volunteers”? Nasaan?

Aside from the 8 of us? Nope, there was nobody there. Bakit kailangan ang scheduling? Feeling hindi ba magkamayaw at nagu-unahan ang mga volunteers?

I know somebody who wanted to volunteer many times. She was always bumped off, laging nirere-schedule kasi “there were too many volunteers” daw. At tuwing Sunday lang daw puwede. What the hell is going on here?

Nakatambak ang donations ng UNICEF sa warehouse, local and international

Mga banig na dapat ay nahihigaan ng mga nasalanta. Mga imported camp beds na hindi na yata masisilayan ng mga biktima. Mga kumot na hindi naman nakabalot sa katawan nila. At mga pagkaing hindi sumasayad sa sikmura nila.

The relief goods are not going anywhere

We arrived at about 8 am and left by midafternoon and yes, you guessed it right. Kami pa rin ang tao bukod sa isang DSWD employee sa loob ng warehouse maghapon. Walang ibang dumating.

The relief goods are not moving. By the way things look, they are not going anywhere. Hindi maglalakad mag-isa ang mga donations na ito papunta sa mga evacuation centers.

LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

Note: Pinagbawalan kaming kumuha ng pictures sa loob ng warehouse. I wonder why.

walang tao 2
“Not a creature was moving, not even a mouse.”

walang tao
Parang haunted warehouse ang dating. May multo na yata.

pots and pans
Kahit na daig pa ang tindahan sa Divisoria sa dami ng naka-stack na kaldero

kaldero pa ulit
At walang katapusang kaldero pa ulit

delata 2
Kahit halos natakpan na ang mga bintana sa dami ng mga kahon

coleman
Kahit umabot na hanggang kisame ang stack ng mga kahon

camp pads
(Close up ng Coleman camp beds sa previous photo) Hindi ito kasama sa ni-repack naming goods. Para sa mga “special victims” kaya ito? Ire-repack kaya ang mga “imported” camp pads na ito ever?

banig
Sabagay, may BANIG naman para sa “ordinary victims”. Ito ang kasama sa inimpake namin. Sayang ‘yung imported.

kumot
Ano kaya ang laman nito? Hindi rin pinabuksan. Pang-special victim din kaya ito? (teka, dito nga pala galing ‘yung mga kumot)

jica
Mahiwagang mga kahon from Japan Aid.

japan
(close up ng mahiwagang kahon) Hindi rin ito kasali, of course. Hindi namin alam kung ano ang laman nito. “Imported” are not included, we have concluded.

toys
Marami ito, mga laruang kasinlaki ng tao. Hindi nakunan ng pic kasi nasa tabi ng sikyo.

pork and beans
PORK AND BEANS? Yup, you’d think kasama ito sa relief bag. Pork and beans lang ‘to, puwede na sigurong ipamigay,

close up pork and beans
Naaah! “Imported” pork and beans from Spain po ito. Sorry, hindi pa rin included

Now let’s take a look at what a victim will get from DSWD

sa loob ng kaldero
Look Ma, sampung lata ng sardinas! How generous! Kaldero ang unang ilalagay sa sako. Sabong panglaba (bar soap) at sampung sardinas sa ilalim. Siyam na sabon sa gilid ng kaldero. Local goods lahat syempre.

tuwalya at napkin
Tapos papatungan ng isang tuwalya at isang pack ng sanitary napkin.

kumot
Sisiksikan ng tatlong rolyo ng kumot(?) ang blue water jug tapos ipapatong sa kaldero sa loob ng sako.

sako
Last but not the least, lalagyan ng dalawang banig.

tinatahi
Sabay tatahiin na ang sako. O di ba, parang asong tinapunan ng buto ang mga nasalanta? Eniwey, busog naman sila sa SAMPUNG lata ng Mega sardinas

Do not delay

do not delay

YOU THINK?? WTF is the matter with these people? Mag-iisang buwan na mula nang masalanta ang mga kababayan natin. ISANG BUWAN!! Do you mean “do not delay ang dati nang delayed”?? Shet.

Anong ginagawa ng mga donations na ito sa warehouse?? APAT na warehouse ang nasa loob ng compound na ‘yon! APAT na warehouse na punong-puno ng inaalikabok na relief goods! Relief goods na ayaw yata ibigay sa mga nasalanta. Halatang-halata.

Marami pang pabubulukin

shipment
Wow! May bagong shipment na naman! At the rate DSWD is moving, next year na madi-discover kung ano ang laman ng mga kahong ito. nutri biscuit

    “The first of two of the largest high-energy food shipments from the United Nations World Food Program (WFP) arrived in the country two days ago for victims of storm “Ondoy” and typhoon “Pepeng.” The biscuits were fortified with essential vitamins and minerals for supplementary feeding to children, pregnant women and the elderly in evacuation camps. Another 100 tons of biscuits will arrive on Oct. 24, in a continuing effort to provide food assistance to flood victims.

Sige, ideretso ‘nyo ulit ‘yan sa DSWD warehouse. Para AMAG naman ang abutin ng biskwit… at sapot ng gagamba.

Conclusion

Sa maghapon namin sa warehouse,nakagawa kami ng 150 sacks of relief goods. 150 bags of relief goods lang ang lumabas sa warehouse na ‘yon that day. At nandoon pa rin sa loob ang mga imported relief goods, safe, sound and packed as the day they arrived.

Nakisakay kami palabas sa isang DSWD delivery van. Gusto sana kaming ihatid ng driver hanggang Makati pero wala raw siyang sobrang gasolina. Ibinaba na lang niya kami sa gitna ng EDSA. Millions of dollars in donations, walang extrang pang-gasolina.

Susulpot din siguro ang laman ng mga mahiwagang kahon at mapapasakamay din ng mga tao…sa ARAW NG ELEKSYON. O mabibili na nila ang mga imported goods na ‘yon sa mga puwesto sa Quiapo at Divisoria.

Suggestions lang po sa DSWD:

  • Alam ‘nyo palang walang mag-volunteer sa inyo, bakit hindi kayo mag-hire ng mga tao? Bayaran ‘nyo ng arawan para mag-repack. Ang daming walang trabaho, makakatulong pa kayo. Hindi naman malaking kabawasan ‘yon sa bilyong pisong donasyon na natanggap ninyo.
  • Isa pa, gaano ba karami ang mga sundalo natin? Hindi ba puwedeng ipagawa sa kanila ‘yan? Baka isang araw lang, tapos na ang problema ‘nyo
  • Bakit hindi ‘nyo ibigay ang trabaho sa mga NGO, churches, private charities, TV stations? I’m sure they are more than willing to help. Time is of the essence. Huwag kayong suwapang. Obvious ba, hindi ‘nyo naman kaya.Kung talagang gugustuhin ninyong makarating agad sa mga kawawang biktima ang mga donasyong ‘yon, nagawa ‘nyo na ‘yan. Maraming paraan…kung talagang gusto ‘nyo lang.

    You are the government. You have the power, the resources and the money. You just have to really care.

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    13 thoughts on “On the DSWD relief goods controversy: Can the blogger Ella please confirm the story?

    1. ina tang says:

      mga Pvt@ngin@ nyo nasa gobyerno kau… t@ngin@ gawin nyo ng maayos ung Trabaho nyo.
      Pvtangin@ nyo!! mga ulol talaga kau… sarap nyong balatan ng buhay at budburan ng asin at sili…

    2. Maria De La Cruz says:

      sa mga mahal kong kapwa Pilipino, sana wag nating husgahan ang DSWD sa kanilang ginagawa based on the pictures we saw or comment that we read/heard. let’s be neutral and listen to what the DSWD says about all of these. in this time of difficulties the best thing to do is not to be harsh on other people, instead we must be understanding, supportive and helpful!

    3. krguda says:

      Salamat sa komento, Maria De La Cruz. May problema lang ako sa sinasabi mong pagsuporta sa isang ahensiya ng gobyerno kahit na mapatunayang may pananagutan ito sa mga mamamayan. Let us be supportive of positive efforts, yes, but let us also be critical of those who do not do what they are mandated to do.

    4. http://jlp-law.com/blog/libel-e-internet-libel/

      In Philippine jurisdiction, the truth is not always a defense. While something is true, if the purpose is to besmirch, then liability still exists. To be liable for libel, the following elements must be shown to exist:

      (1) the allegation of a discreditable act or condition concerning another;

      Here are some photo captions in Ella’s blog:

      – Marami pang pabubulukin

      – Sige, ideretso ‘nyo ulit ‘yan sa DSWD warehouse. Para AMAG naman ang abutin ng biskwit… at sapot ng gagamba.

      – Do you mean “do not delay ang dati nang delayed”

      – Sabay tatahiin na ang sako. O di ba, parang asong tinapunan ng buto ang mga nasalanta?

      – Relief goods na ayaw yata ibigay sa mga nasalanta. Halatang-halata.

      Her Conclusion:

      Susulpot din siguro ang laman ng mga mahiwagang kahon at mapapasakamay din ng mga tao…sa ARAW NG ELEKSYON.

      (2) publication of the charge;

      http://www.ellaganda.com/?p=1759

      (3) identity of the person defamed; and

      http://www.ellaganda.com/?p=1759

      (4) existence of malice.

      Legal malice is a term that refers to one party’s intention to do injury to another. Malice can either be expressed or implied.

      – Expressed malice occurs when the party gives outward notice that they intend to commit a crime or some other wrong towards another.

      Nagpalabas ng directive ang pangulo. Individuals, private companies and other nations were ENCOURAGED to send their donations to DSWD. I blogged about it here (blog entry not found ).

      This PGMA directive sounded suspicious to me then. Now I know why.

      Here’s the story.

      A group of eight people, your ate Ella included, went to one of DSWD warehouses to help in repacking relief goods. We know they need volunteers pero hindi namin akalaing WALANG TAO TALAGA SA LOOB NG WAREHOUSE!

      ***Ella suspected PGMA’s directive. She went to volunteer and took photos expressly violating the instruction not to do so. She displayed these on her blog with the captions earlier mentioned.

      – Implied malice occurs when one party causes death or injury to another during the course of unlawful or disreputable actions.

      Pinagbawalan kaming kumuha ng pictures sa loob ng warehouse. I wonder why. (She took photos.)

    5. issuesopinions says:

      The succeeding posts with links which may help us get a better view of the issue are being discarded when I click the submit button.

    6. issuesopinions says:

      In the light of the DSWD-blogger brouhaha, there are two online personas who are quite insightful in way they dissect the issue, the way they try to be balanced in their views and the way they zoom in on details that prove material to the issue at hand.

      Here are links to Danny Arao’s Posts:
      http://risingsun.dannyarao.com/2009/10/24/pahaging-sa-responsableng-blogging/
      http://risingsun.dannyarao.com/2009/11/01/pahaging-sa-responsableng-blogging-2/
      http://risingsun.dannyarao.com/2010/01/26/filipino-bloggers-should-help-decriminalize-libel/

      and Jigs Arquiza’s comments.
      http://globalvoicesonline.org/2010/02/07/philippines-cabinet-member-sues-blogger/
      http://tonyocruz.com/?p=2773&cpage=2#comments

      With the media furor this issue has created and the resulting reactions from solons, it is perfunctory that we allow more room to this type of in-depth analytical blogging approach. Our reactions and non-reactions will help contribute to the Cyber Law platform these influencers (media, solons, and the blogging world) may later shape, and this DSWD-blogger case may be one benchmark they’ll base it on.

      ***I posted the links which I have come across so far regarding this timely national issue, on their sites as well.

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