What a full brunt of brazen impudence punishable more than death when proven guilty of such!
Looking back, about 60% of ₱314.7 million donations received by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) for typhoon victims from 2004 to 2010 has long been sleeping in the bank, according to a report.
Aside from that report, the Commission on Audit (CoA) divulged that more than 1% of donations are being misused.
The alleged misappropriation of funds for its intended purpose has roused Senator Chiz Escudero to become fury, calling for strict government accounting and investigation on the said unused millions of donations.
Having known of this alleged malfeasance and irregularity in the government, are we also expecting the same from the ranks of private, nonprofit institutions, media, and other foundations known for their unwavering advocacy to helping victims rise from the tragedies? We cannot afford to think it so, can we?
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) has reported an estimated damage to properties amounting to ₱1.382 billion brought about by Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong), alone.
Following the declaration of a “state of national calamity” through Proclamation No. 303 on December 20, 2011 by President Aquino, the World Bank (WB) approved the maximum US$500 million financing support for the Aquino government’s recovery from the devastation in the wake of Sendong.
The said US$500 million funds (World Bank), aside from being the first of its kind in the East Asia and Pacific region, comes from the Disaster Risk Management Development Policy Loan with Catastrophe Deferred Drawdown Option (Cat-DDO) approved by WB in September 2011. Filipinos should not “wow” this huge financial support from WB. Why?
Simply because it is not, technically, a mere donation that is coming from WB’s humanitarian coffers. Rather, it is coming from the Development Policy Loan with Cat-DDO—a line of credit for the government of the Philippines (or of other countries) to assist the capacity in managing the impacts of natural calamities. In other words, the US$500 million is another addition to the rising Philippine foreign debt statistics!
While it is just poetic to say that some government officials do worship tragedies, because of billions of donations that come pouring in, this extreme greed, literally, of money looms to devour it. Not to mention that tragedies or calamities may have been used as chances or opportunities so generous to corrupt men and women on earth to clandestinely celebrate it with luncheons of golds!
Reports have circulated that millions from donations are being propagated in banks. That is, to earn interest, strictly no alibis. This ‘not-so-evil’ strategy to profit at the expense of others loss is more than rapacious you and I could ever imagine!
As of this time of writing, donations from different countries, foundations, businesses, and humanitarian institutions all over the world are reportedly kept on pouring in. So, there should be no excuse why DSWD would become short of donations! ▲
- Re-focussing “Sendong” with Philippine Leadership ‘P193.6-million donations for… (http://ultraelectromagneticcrap.tumblr.com)
- ‘P193.6-million donations… (Michael Punongbayan, the Philippine Star)
- Your typhoon donations maybe asleep (Bert Pelayo, Filipino Reporter)
- COA: P193.6-M donations for typhoon (Jose Carlos L. Maningat, Philippine Online Chronicles)
- Crime vs Humanity an Editorial (People’s Journal, Journal Online)
- Account first, dream later (J.A. de la Cruz/ Coast-to-Coast, BusinessMirror)
(DSWD logo: from DSWD website)