Secretary Soliman clarifies repacking Issue
by FFE PH News staff
After reports surfaced in social networking sites that the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) re-labels international relief goods to look like it come from the government agency, DSWD Secretary Dinky Soliman insisted that they do not repack, especially re-label donations.
“We do not repack, much more re-label, the individually packed international donation that are sent to us,” Soliman said on Tuesday.
The repacking complaints came from a DSWD volunteer based in Mactan Air Base in Cebu.
In a Facebook post, Cherrey Mae Pancho Bartolata, a volunteer said that relief goods ready for distribution that came from Indonesia were re-opened and re-labeled by the DSWD.
Read the Tagalog translation of her post here.
Somebody Twitted Sec. Dinky Soliman to ask if these talks going around are true. In his Tweet he included a screenshot of an Instagram user siobethegirl, whose account doesn’t exist anymore:
It might have been a case of miscommunication between the volunteers and DSWD as Soliman said they only removed bottled goods from the relief packs for easier transport.
“We just had to take out the bottled condiments in the packs as they will make the goods more difficult to transport and handle. This will also prevent contamination of other items in the bags in case they get broken,” Soliman said.
Soliman added that it is the DSWD’s responsibility to check the relief goods sent to them.
“We have to ensure that all relief goods particularly food item are fit for human consumption and still in good condition. That is why we inspect the contents of the bags, especially their expiration dates,” said Soliman.
The whole response of Sec Soliman can be read here.