2 DSWD-CALABARZON officials relieved over ‘Paeng’ aid distribution

The DSWD-Calabarzon regional director and assistant director have been relieved from their posts following complaints from Mayor Dino Chua, the local chief executive of Paeng-hit Cavite town Noveleta.

Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo said he relieved two officials in the agency’s Region 4-A office amid the investigation over complaints on the distribution of aid for tropical storm ‘Paeng’ victims in Cavite.

In a press briefing last November 3, Tulfo said he made such a decision to give way to an ongoing probe following the allegations of Noveleta, Cavite Mayor Dino Reyes-Chua regarding aid distribution for Paeng-hit residents.

“Para ma-satisfy ang reklamo ni Mayor Chua, nagbaba na ako ng relief order doon sa dalawang opisyal ko para magpaliwanag din kung ano talaga at maimbestigahan po. Kaya ko rin sila nilagay sa Office of the Secretary para hindi maimpluwensyahan ‘yong conduct of our investigation, said Tulfo.

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Chua claimed local DSWD personnel asked his constituents for “too many documents” so they could get financial assistance.

“Ang sabi ni Pangulong Marcos ay magbibigay ng financial assistance ang DSWD para sa bibilhing materyales at pag-aayos ng kanilang mga bahay pero ang problema ang daming hinihinging requirements,” alleged Chua in a radio interview last November 2.

He continued: “Wala pa sa 10% ang nabigyan ng financial assistance, may nakapila kaso walang requirements. Noong dumating si Pangulong Marcos ay kulang kulang 1,000 tao ang pumila pero ang nabigyan ay wala pang 200 dahil ang iba ay pinauwi dahil walang maibigay na dokumento.”

DSWD Assistant Secretary Marites Maristela will temporarily lead the regional office according to Tulfo.

The DSWD chief added that Chua is also conducting his own investigation on the matter and they will exchange the results of their probes.

To recall, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. led last October 31 the distribution of relief goods and cash assistance together with some local officials in Noveleta.

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Noveleta was one of the coastal towns submerged in deep floodwater due to overnight rains as Paeng crossed Cavite last October 29.

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In Cavite, more than 18,000 were displaced due to the tropical storm. Over 162,000 had to be evacuated in Calabarzon, the latest data from DSWD Region 4-A showed.

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President Marcos declared a state of calamity in Calabarzon and three other regions due to the aftermath of Paeng.

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