Decisive Delta

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By Dennis Limlingan

The Advocate

Thursday, August 7, 2014


VERY recently, Acting Governor Dennis Delta Pineda asked the Provincial Bids and Awards Committee (PBAC) to totally ban a supermarket in Apalit town from making further transactions with the provincial government.

DD’s Supermarket, a known establishment in the said town is again grabbing the limelight albeit in a bad light, after its ban from supplying anything to the provincial government is being sought before the Provincial Capitol’s PBAC.

Looking back, DD’s Supermarket was the supplier of the spoiled sinandomeng rice (punned “sirandomeng”) that was brought to Tacloban City and supposedly to be distributed to Typhoon Yolanda victims.

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Last year, the country was hit by Yolanda, a record-breaking super typhoon, that left more than six thousand people dead and billions of properties damaged. Samar and Leyte were the badly hit provinces, leaving thousands and thousands more homeless with nothing to drink or eat for several days.

The howler even caught the attention of other countries who poured in their support in terms of relief goods and others to those affected by the typhoon in various provinces of the country.

To this date, rehabilitation efforts to the different local government units in the Visayas are still being undertaken.

A few weeks after the onslaught, the provincial government of Pampanga was one of the local government units, which quickly responded for rescue and relief efforts to Samar and Leyte, being the badly-hit provinces by Yolanda.

Vice-Governor Dennis Pineda wasted no time in leading provincial officials and employees in going to Leyte to extend the province’s support to the people affected by the typhoon. Doctors, nurses and other medical professionals were with the “Team Delta” which conducted medical missions to the people of different towns in the Yolanda-ravaged province.

Also with them were sacks of sinandomeng rice and other relief goods intended for typhoon victims.

The efforts of the provincial government of helping people in the Visayas would have been much worthy if not for the fact that the team was bringing with them rice that is not fit for human consumption.

As soon as Vice-Governor Pineda knew of the condition of the relief goods they are bringing, particularly the spoiled rice, he ordered it to be returned to the province. The team resorted to buying rice elsewhere which was distributed to the people in Leyte towns.

Now the Acting Governor, Vice-Governor Pineda has ordered the banning of the supplier of the spoiled rice from further providing for the supply needs of the provincial government.

The PBAC passed a resolution recommending to the Office of the Governor the blacklisting of DD’s Supermarket as a supplier but “only on rice supply”. This means that the said establishment can still provide other goods or commodities to the capitol.

Some wondered as to why the supermarket would still be allowed to provide for the supply needs of the provincial government despite the fact that it delivered spoiled rice for the province last year. For others, there was fraud in the act of DD’s in the said supply.

Meanwhile, owners of the supermarket offered lame excuses for the spoiled rice while blaming their supplier from the City of San Fernando as the one at fault. They even stated that they were in good faith in getting the rice supply from their supplier.

They added that they were in a hurry to load the rice to the trucks that were sent to Leyte without even checking its quality.

I find Acting Governor Delta as decisive as ever in banning the said supermarket in the list of provincial Capitol's suppliers. It seems to be so hard to believe DD's excuse. They can perhaps tell it to the Marines.

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Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on August 08, 2014.

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