Who Do You Believe: The Volunteers Or The Government?

posted on: Friday, November 22, 2013
Rodel Montebon
Katkat, katkats everywhere.

Help from international governments and individuals abroad are rushing in to give aid to the survivors of the super typhoon Yolanda. Because of this, volunteers are badly needed to help in the repacking of relief goods and their distribution to the typhoon survivors.

One netizen, who was a volunteer at the Mactan Airbase, posted her experiences on her Facebook account.

Screenshot from the status of Miss Bartolata.

Bartolata translated her rant into English due to the plea of other netizens.

But Bartolata wasn’t the only one who witnessed this act.

Bartolata’s status gained more than 8,000 shares and over 2,000 comments. The comments revealed the frustrations of the netizens.

Others were advising her to just shut up and help instead, and labeled her as “fault-finder”.

In a press conference last Tuesday, November 19, 2013, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman denied the allegations, “We do not repack, much more relabel, the individually packed international donations that are sent to us.”

Also, Ms. Jaybee Binghay of the Department of Social Welfare and Development explained the whole repacking process of DSWD:

And she further explained:

After the press conference, a netizen again, started to ask who to blame.

So let’s focus on the question of who is telling the truth: the DSWD or the volunteers?