DSWD Secretary denies hoarding relief goods: "I don't know where this rumor is coming from."

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has denied it is hoarding relief goods intended for victims of Ondoy and Pepeng, reports GMANews.tv. "I don't know where this rumor is coming from," Secretary Esperanza Cabral said in a phone interview on October 23.  

Rumors of hoarding began when a blogger named Ella who supposedly volunteered for the DSWD posted a blog entry with photos of a warehouse filled with boxes of sardines and other relief items. The original blog post has been taken down but was re-posted on several blogs and Facebook accounts.

According to Cabral, the warehouse only stores rice, clothes, non-food items and canned goods. She added that the stock piles of donations, as shown through the photos posted on the blog, are donations from various groups and individuals. Cabral said that they cannot release the relief goods right away since they need to check on the items and make inventory. Cabral also denies talking to a journalist from the Philippine News, and telling the publication that the reason why the goods aren't moving was that the DSWD lacked volunteers.

SPOT.ph called DSWD's operation center in Pasay and was told that volunteers may call 951-2805 to register and volunteer.

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