Not a single centavo of a P121-Million allotment went to Yolanda victims. The amount turned over to the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) was intended to be exclusively used for the procurement of non-food relief supplies (tents, shelters, kitchen utensils, folding beds/sleeping mats, personal hygiene kits and first-aid kits).
Instead, a breakdown of OCD’s expenditures provided by the Commission on Audit shows that the calamity victims were totally ignored.
A shocking P118.65 million or 98 percent of the total amount was spent for “petroleum, oil and lubricants (POL)” by OCD for its Yolanda-related operations.
A Malaya news report revealed that OCD transferred the amount to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) reportedly as “reserve for disaster operations” and subject to liquidation.
The news report added that P1.6 million was disbursed as cash advances to operating units of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC)-Operating Center while another P200,000 was released also as cash advance to personnel of its Region 8 Operations Center.
Purchases of groceries and medical supplies for OCD-NDRRMC personnel amounted to P680,193. Auditors, however, found these supplies remained unused as of March 5, 2014 after NDRRMC’s activities in the area ended.
Among these were thousands of canned goods, instant noodles, hundreds of blister packs of medicines for flu, fever and bottles of multi-vitamins, and 4,300 one-liter bottles of distilled drinking water still undelivered at the OCD warehouse.
Many were nearing expiry dates.
We cannot allow the people who have something to do with this anomaly get away WITHOUT an explanation.
(Most of the data sourced from journalist PETER J. G. TABINGO of Malaya)