KMU and KADAMAY:

Relief goods are for the people,

not for rats in the Arroyo regime

 

Quezon City

 

Octuber 26, 2009

 

 

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PRESS STATEMENT
26 October 2009

Relief goods are for the people, not for rats in the Arroyo regime
KMU slams DSWD hoarding of relief goods

For the Filipino workers and people, it is simply deplorable and unforgivable that relief goods donated to the DSWD remain in the department’s storehouses at this point.

These goods should have been distributed by now to the numerous communities affected by the recent typhoons. Or volunteers should be busy repacking them by now so they can be distributed as soon as possible.

The photos in Ms. Ella Rose delos Santos’s blog speak a thousand words, though a few words can sum it all up: The ineptitude and heartlessness of the DSWD under Dr. Esperanza Cabral’s leadership and of Mrs. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo’s regime.

The rot at the top of this government has again seeped so swiftly to government agencies: now, the relief goods are rotting in the DSWD safehouses.

At the height of relief drives for those affected by the typhoons, the government used its power to ask and entice donors to donate to the government, not to other groups soliciting donations.

After getting all those donations, the government is letting them rot. There is no reason the government cannot immediately distribute these relief goods if it wants to do just that.

The Filipino workers and people cannot be blamed for thinking that these goods are being kept so they can be used for politicking by the regime, especially for the upcoming 2010 elections.

We demand that these goods be released immediately to communities affected by the recent typhoons. If this does not happen, we cannot prevent ordinary people from forcibly entering these storehouses and claiming these relief goods for themselves.

While others may see such an action as a form of “looting,” it is most instructive to remember that the goods are, after all, for the people – not for rats, either in the DSWD storehouses, in the DSWD, or in the Arroyo regime.
Reference: Elmer “Bong” Labog, KMU Chairperson, 0929-629-3234

     
     
           
     
           
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Dialogue with DSWD officials led by Secretary Esperanze Cabral
     
     
           
     

 

Control oil prices to curb commodity prices amid calamity, Piston urges gov’t
Date:  23 October 2009
Campaign:  Kabuhayan at Katarungang Panlipunan, Ipaglaban!
Reference Person:  George San Mateo, Pinag-isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) Secretary General
Contact information: 0909-475-1334

Rather than bully small retailers and producers

Militant transport group Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) urged the Arroyo government today to impose price control mechanisms on oil prices following the recent round of oil price hike, instead of bullying small producers and retailers in a vain effort to bring relief to Filipinos.

In a noise barrage in Quezon City, Piston denounced the government’s inaction on the blatant profiteering of “Big Three” oil companies as Filipinos still reel from the damage caused by typhoons “Ondoy” and “Pepeng,” saying “the government whip must hit them during calamities.”

“Controlling oil prices in the aftermath of two typhoons is the surest way of delivering relief to poor Filipino drivers and consumers since it will effectively bring down prices of basic commodities. But what the Arroyo government has done is to merely spew rhetoric of compassion, which can never really bring oil prices down,” said George San Mateo, secretary general of Piston.

“At a time when thousands of Filipinos are still homeless and jobless, the recent round of oil price hikes can be just as lethal as the typhoons that ravaged Luzon. Big Three’s greed is too devastating to prompt hardline government action on this,” added San Mateo.

While many Filipinos are struggling to recover from the damage caused by typhoons, the Big Three increased their pump prices last Oct. 20 by as much as P2 per liter of diesel, making it in the record books as the highest increase in the price of diesel this year at P2.25 in this month alone.

San Mateo called Efren de Luna, president of Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), “a stooge of the Big 3 and Malacañang” for proposing a new fare hike instead of condemning the greediness of the oil cartel and the Arroyo government’s refusal to control oil prices.

“A new fare increase is not the answer at the moment to drivers’ woes amid spiralling oil prices. What drivers urgently need are the government’s imposition of oil price control and oil price ceiling instead of a new fare hike which will only add to the burden of our impoverished people who have been victimized by the recent typhoons,” he said.

San Mateo also criticized Arroyo’s allies in Congress for merely issuing statements to the media instead of pursuing measures that will end the profiteering schemes of oil companies.

“The Big Three’s gross insensitivity has long been proven with its consistent denial of overpricing. They do not need Speaker Prospero Nograles and Rep Mikey Arroyo’s tirades – which were actually dished out for pogi points. They should taste a strict price control instead, which is actually at the disposal of these key government officials, and of Gloria Arroyo most especially,” said San Mateo.

“Government officials, however, have continuously saidd that price ceilings are contrary to law. But why not repeal the Oil Deregulation Law, especially when we have seen how it was abused even in times of calamity? The people have long voiced out their demand for this unjust law to be scrapped, yet the Arroyo government has always tied its hands and kept its mouth shut on our call,” added San Mateo.

According to a paper by the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan or Bayan, Shell, Caltex, and Petron earn P140 million everyday from overpricing alone under a deregulated environment. Petron Corporation accounted for P64.64 million of the said daily profit; Pilipinas Shell, P49.94 million; and Chevron Philippines, P23.55 million. “They earn this even as many Filipinos have nothing to begin with to rebuild their lives in the wake of typhoons,” said San Mateo.

San Mateo said Piston and other groups calling for the repeal of the Oil Deregulation Law are poised to launch bigger protests in the coming days if the government and the Big Three continue to prioritize profiteering over the relief of Filipinos. ###

 

     
     
           
     

Secretary Cabral and her undersecretaru explained that the social work service has already been devolved as per the local government code, that the social workers in the town. city and provincial levels are no longer under DSWD, nevertheless  they coordinate with and assist them. She said that it is not true that there is hoarding of relief goods and that these are delivered as soon as requests are received. But the reality, as the KMU and Kadamay representatives pointed out. is that relief goods are not delivered to beneficiaries as fast as they should be.

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