DAVAO -- Thousands of Typhoon Pablo survivors looted Tuesday some 3,750 packs of relief goods from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) office in Davao City, affecting traffic and classes in nearby areas.
The survivors stormed the DSWD regional office at 10:50 a.m. of Tuesday, decrying the agency’s failure to distribute 10,000 sacks of rice among the victims, six-month extension for the distribution, and alleged corruption of relief funds.
They started to camp out along Suazo Street and R. Magsaysay Avenue on Monday afternoon, preventing the DSWD employees from coming out and getting in the office. The incident affected traffic along the street, and classes in nearby Sta. Ana Central Elementary and High School.
The DSWD office had only one guard-on-duty during the ransacking, which led the protesters to press on and carry the sacks of rice and goods, hauling these off to Suazo Street.