The camp of Vice President Jejomar C. Binay slammed Social Welfare and Development Secretary Dinky Soliman for campaigning for Liberal Party (LP) bets while northern Luzon was being battered by typhoon Lando.
“Imbes na tinutulungan ni Sec. Dinky Soliman ang mga kababayan nating sinalanta ni bagyong Lando e busy siya sa pagkakampanya para sa mga manok ng Liberal Party (Instead of helping our countrymen who were lashed by the typhoon, she was busy campaigning for LP candidates),” Rico Quicho, Binay’s spokesperson for political affairs, said.
“The DSWD and its programs should not be the domain of partisan politics and politicians,” he added.
Soliman was in Koronadal, South Cotabato on Saturday, a day before ‘Lando’ hit several provinces in Luzon, dumping rains that flooded dozens of towns. The DSWD chief attended a gathering of beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
With Soliman were former Interior Secretary Manuel “Mar” Roxas and his running mate, Rep. Leni Robredo.
Reports said around 5,000 PPP recipients from Central Mindanao attended the event.
“As Secretary of the DSWD, she should be leading from the frontlines for the relief and recovery of our kababayans affected by Lando. She is not doing that. She is instead leading the campaign of the LP bets,” Quicho said.
He commended employees of the DSWD who risked their lives in providing relief goods for the typhoon victims.
“Saludo po kami sa mga tauhan ng DSWD, pati na rin ang mga empleyado ng iba’t-ibang ahensiya ng pamahalaan, mga NGOs at mga volunteers na sinusuong ang panganib upang makapagbigay ng tulong at ginhawa sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo,” Quicho said. “Sana lamang ay katulad din ng sigasig nila ang ipinapakita ni Sec. Soliman,” he added.
The Vice President visited several typhoon-hit areas in Central Luzon on Tuesday.
Binay went to the towns of Gerona and Pura in Tarlac; and Guimba, Cabanatuan City, Bongabon, and Licab in Nueva Ecija to find out the extent of the damage wrought by the typhoon and determine the assistance needed by flooded communities.
Binay promised residents of Licab that they will receive relief packages not later than Friday.
He also ordered the purchase of high-grade seedlings to help farmers whose crops were devastated by the typhoon.
An initial batch of relief goods was dispatched by the Office of the Vice President to the provinces of Isabela (5,000 packages), Nueva Ecija (5,000), Bulacan (3,000), Quirino (3,000), and Nueva Vizcaya (3,000).
Binay stressed the need to make insurance for farmers more accessible.