LEGAZPI CITY (BicolToday.com/28-Feb-2013) – Senatorial bet Teddy Casiño appealed to the Department of Social Welfare and Development to be more sensitive and considerate to the plight of the Pablo victims who were drove by desperation to forcibly take relief goods from the DSWD regional office in Davao City.
Casiño said it should not have come to that unfortunate incident at the DSWD office. “There could have been some peaceful compromise only if DSWD officials were present to listen and respond to the people’s cries.”
Casiño, who was in Davao City last Monday for his senatorial campaign, dropped by the campout in the afternoon to consult with the survivors. He promised to relay their demands to Sec. Dinky Soliman.
“I think what triggered it was that no one from the DSWD was negotiating with them. I was informed that by Tuesday morning there was still no response. Willing naman yung mga tao magpalista para makuha na nila yung relief goods basta ba may haharap sa kanila ng maayos,” he said.
The progressive lawmaker and senatorial candidate said he hopes the DSWD would at least try to understand the context of the protest and withdraw their decision to file cases, especially since those involved are destitute typhoon victims.
“Gutom na nga, may kaso pa. Nasaan ang puso ng ating mga opisyal?” said Casiño.
He also appealed to the DSWD to be more considerate.
“Of all government agencies, DSWD should be most sensitive to the plight and condition of Filipinos victimized by typhoon Pablo. Kaya may DSWD para pangalagaan ang welfare ng ating mga kababayan hindi para manikis at kasuhan sila,” said Casiño.
“As public servants tending to the social welfare of the people, they should understand how it feels to starve, to feel so helpless without shelter and livelihood, in addition to the loss of loved ones. They are not ‘hooligans’ but typhoon survivors pushed to the wall by hunger and need. Kaya humihingi ang ating mga kababayan dahil kulang ang relief, kaya nag-aalsa dahil nagugutom, at kaya nagpoprotesta dahil hindi pinakikinggan,” said the three-term congressman. [BicolToday.com]