Aquino defends DSWD from critics

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Thursday, January 16, 2014


PRESIDENT Benigno Aquino III on Thursday defended the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) from critics who always see its shortcoming and not the hard work that its employees do, especially during the times of disasters.

The Chief Executive graced the 63rd anniversary of the agency as he also personally thanked its employees for doing their job well.

"Alam ko na habang nagpapatulo kayo ng pawis, luha, at minsan dugo para makatulong sa nangangailangan, may ilan tayong kababayan—at talagang mangilan-ngilan lang naman—na kung magsalita ay akala mo wala na tayong kayang gawing tama. Nabalitaan ko nga na noong relief operations para sa bagyong Yolanda, marami sa inyo ang tumatangging umidlip man lang sandali dahil natatakot na makunan ng larawan at masabihang hindi ginagawa ang trabaho," he said in a speech.

The President said that he hopes more praises would be given to DSWD than criticisms.

He said the DSWD employees faced many disasters, particularly last year and yet they did not give up.

"Madalas, mas marami ang batikos kaysa pasasalamat, mas mahaba ang listahan ng reklamo kaysa papuri. Sa kabila nito, natutuwa ako, nabibilib ako, na wala akong nababalitaang isa man sa inyo na nagwagayway ng puting bandila para sabihing sumusuko na kami," he said.

"Dahil diyan, personal kong pinasasalamatan ngayon ang bawat isa sa inyo sa tapang at dedikasyong ipinakita ninyo habang ginagampanan ang inyong tungkulin. Talaga naman po, sa ngalan ng sambayanan, maraming, maraming salamat po sa inyong lahat," Aquino said.

The President also commended two employees of the DSWD who survived a helicopter crash last year while undertaking a relief operation for the victims of typhoon Yolanda.

The DSWD awarded special citation to Danny Franco Bitara and Noemi Mongaya, employees from Region V and VIII, respectively.

Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman said the special citation is the “best way to express our gratitude to these dedicated workers who risked their lives in service of others.”

Mongaya and Bitara sustained multiple injuries when the Huey helicopter they were riding in, together with two pilots, crashed last December 6 while on their way to a relief work for Yolanda victims in La Paz, Leyte.

The victims were rescued by concerned citizens and were given first aid treatment by volunteer-doctors from Spain.

Bitara underwent stomach surgery due to the incident.

The DSWD provided financial and medical assistance to their employees. (SDR/Sunnex)

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