CCTV catches Capitol canteen staff ‘stealing’ relief food packs

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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

A 53-YEAR-old worker of the Capitol canteen was caught on a security camera taking relief goods intended for typhoon Yolanda survivors.

The closed circuit television (CCTV) camera at the Capitol also caught a Provincial Government employee sampling biscuits among the relief goods.

The canteen worker who was seen putting food packs into her bag was invited for questioning by the Fuente, Cebu City police station yesterday. But she was released later.

PO2 Gelo Destacamento of the Fuente Police Station said they will wait for Capitol to file a complaint for theft against the canteen worker.


Sun.Star Cebu is withholding the name of the worker pending her comment and the filing of a complaint against her.

Capitol security chief Loi Madrigal said the canteen worker was caught on CCTV camera taking food packs on Nov. 12, 28 and 29.

The theft allegedly occurred around 6 a.m. when very few people are around.

The relief goods for Yolanda survivors are piled at the Capitol west lobby, where the food server normally passes on the way to the canteen.

Madrigal said the food server may have taken more than a dozen relief packs.

Each pack contains three kilos of rice, six canned sardines and a bottle of water.


The canteen worker returned some of the packs yesterday and told authorities that she was forced to take the relief goods because her husband had just been discharged from the hospital.

Sun.Star Cebu tried to interview the food server when she visited the governor yesterday, but she refused to issue any statement.

The CCTV camera also caught a staff of the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) eating biscuits from the relief packs.

Madrigal said he will evaluate the employee's liability.

PSWDO head Evelyn Senajon ordered her staff to refrain from tasting the contents of the food packs for Yolanda survivors.

Madrigal said he submitted his report to Capitol administrator Marc Tolentino.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on December 10, 2013.

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