DAGUPAN CITY -- City Mayor Benjamin Lim demanded an explanation from the City Social Welfare and Development Officer Elsa Sanillan on the excess relief goods intended for Typhoon Pepeng last year.

The issue stemmed when City Administrator Vlad Mata made a spot inspection at the City Social Welfare Office (CSWDO) in response to information about relief goods still being kept there.

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The inspection, however, proved futile.

But after Mata left, a tipster informed a local television reporter that CSWO personnel were removing noodles from its wrappers where they were caught red-handed.

"Because we have to give her a day in court without prejudice to filing an administrative case against her, we issued a memorandum asking her to explain why there are still noodles," Lim said Wednesday.

"Anuman ang rason niya, to my mind, may negligence," he added.

"Kapag may kalamidad, ang trabaho ng DSWD ay ipamigay ang mga relief goods, hindi mag-ipon. Puwede naman tayong mag-emergency purchase. At tsaka bakit mo iipunin kung mag-e-expire na? Kalukuhan na lang yon," the mayor remarked.

As per report from the City Information Office, the expired noodles were found in one bodega of the CSWO while another storage area yielded boxes of drinks due to expire in November this year. (Liway C. Manantan-Yparraguirre)