Malacañang on Tuesday warned those “epal” politicians who might take advantage of the situation in the areas affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda (international name: Haiyan).
In press conference, Palace spokesman Edwin Lacierda urged the public to be more vigilant amid reports reports of credit-grabbing in the delivery of relief goods.
He also asked them to take photos if any local government official tries to.
“We already have a strong anti-epal culture in the Philippines. The media has been very aggressive and vigorous in making sure no epal will take place especially in times of calamity,” he added
Likewise, Lacierda urged the public and the media to report any incidents of unbalanced distribution of relief goods.
He said that the government wants all provinces affected to receive equal amounts of assistance.
“We want to avoid a situation where one community is not given and another community is given more,” he added.
Meanwhile, Lacierda assured that the use of all foreign and local donations for relief and rehabilitation work in the aftermath of the typhoon would be transparent and fully accounted.
He said that the Department of Social Welfare and Development is closely monitoring the supplies of relief goods being delivered to affected families in Visayas, while the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) facilitates the donations coming from abroad.
“DFA will be giving us a list of all the donor countries, their forms of assistance. We will also tabulate where the assistance went to para at least klaro po sa ating mga kababayan na itong mga tulong na ibinibigay ng ating mga kapitbahay ay talagang magagamit ayon sa kanyang pinag-donate,” he added. CATHERINE S. VALENTE