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DSWD probing rotten relief goods

Malacañang has demanded a swift and thorough investigation into the alleged dumping of rotten relief goods intended for Yolanda survivors.

Presidential Spokesman Edwin Lacierda said the inquiry being conducted by the Department of Social Welfare and Development seeks to determine how and why the incident happened.

“The scope (of the investigation) includes where did it happen, how massive it was, where did the donation come from. So there will be an accounting on how did it happen, and when the relief goods were given to the concerned local government,” Lacierda said in a Palace press briefing.

Asked people responsible for the relief good mess would be fired, Lacierda said they have to see the results of the inquiry “before we can lay our blame.” “We just wanted to know how did it happen, why did it happen,” he added.

Several sacks of rotten food aid were reportedly buried in Palo, Leyte after the relief goods were supposedly drenched in rainwater. The incident triggered complaints from a group of Yolanda survivors about the government’s alleged inefficiency in relief operations.

Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman earlier assured the agency would look into why the goods were not immediately distributed to the typhoon victims.