In the middle of the 6-month period lock down and rehabilitation of the beautiful Boracay island, another controversy arose after a netizen revealed that some relief goods distributed by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were contaminated.
In the post of Facebook user Marissa Jason-Gabriel on Saturday, June 16, she showed the public some contaminated canned sardines and rice grains filled with crawling insect called supit. She then encouraged the relief goods recipients to double check the food packs they are getting from DSWD.
“Ang mga de latang hindi pa nabubuksan, tulad nito hindi na makakain at baka ma food poison pa kayo…may kalawang na ang ilalim ng lata at ang isang sardinas bumubula ang sarsa,” Marissa wrote.
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In an interview with News 5, DSWD Action Officer Leo Quintilla confirmed that they already received nine complaints regarding contaminated food packs which they distributed at Barangay Balabag.
“We received the information kahapon. The other day kasi nag-distribute ‘yong si local government unit ng ating mga goods. So right after that si director nag-order siya to investigate,” he said.
“So tinitingnan namin ‘yong sa hauling at distribution baka doon na-contaminate or ang sabi nila baka may report na mayroong pumutok na sardinas siguro doon sa handling kaya na-contaminate ‘yong rice,” he added.
Meanwhile, DSWD regional director Rebecca Geamala clarified that they did not distribute expired relief goods and assured Boracay residents that they are strictly monitoring the expiration dates of the food packs being distributed.
“NFA rice galing sa Iloilo City ang ibinigay natin sa Boracay noong Sabado. Ang canned goods na galing sa ating winning bidder ay not less than two years din dapat ang expiration,” she said in an interview at Bombo Radyo Kalibo.
Geamala also confirmed that they already replaced the food packs given to those families who received a contaminated canned goods and rice bags.
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“Bear with DSWD as we are doing our best to serve the needs of Boracay residents and workers the soonest time possible. Nothing we can do but to help each other,” she added.
SIRANG PAGKAIN? | Inaasikaso na ng DSWD ang pamamahagi ng bagong food packs sa mga residente ng Boracay matapos ang reklamong sira na ang mga naunang pagkain.For more latest stories, visit us at www.news5.com.ph
Posted by News5 on Sunday, June 17, 2018