Cebu: As islanders go hungry, Palawan Pawnshop won’t release money sent by loved ones

posted on: Wednesday, November 13, 2013

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While folks in Hilantagaan, an islet in Sta. Fe, Cebu, with 200 roofs are going hungry and thirsty.

The only hope of getting relief from the deadly conditions was to cross to the main land of Sta. Fe to withdraw money sent from loved ones through Palawan Pawnshop.

But, even that went kaput.

As Emerita C. Villabrelle with her husband and two grandchildren in tow ended up eating only a small pack of biscuit each for lunch when a staff of Palawan refused to honor a text sent to her by Palawan informing her that her daughter has sent money.

Family eats biscuit for lunch since they could not withdraw money sent by daughter through Palawan Pawnshop.

Since Globe service is still down in Sta. Fe as of Monday afternoon, Nov. 11, 2013, she was told that Palawan cannot yet release the money sent by her daughter in Manila.

She said why can’t they not withdraw the money sent by her daughter when there is another way of communication, smart cellular service.

The woman said there is no sign of relief yet in  the island from government.

According to Villabrelle, married from Hilantagaan, Sta. Fe, Bantayan island, Cebu only 10 of the 200 in the island are standing but all do not have roof left.