Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Militant groups in Aklan rally for Yolanda victims, slam Memorandum Circular No. 24

Posted April 8, 2015
Written by Gloria Villas

A numbers of militant groups in Aklan staged a rally this afternoon in protest of government's mishandling of relief operations and corruption in construction of bunkhouses or temporary shelters.

Bagong Alyansang Makabayan-Aklan coordinator George Calaor said: “the march actions condemned the government’s Memorandum Circular No. 24 which states the guidelines on the Release of DSWD Funds to NGO and or POs.”

He stressed that, “this memorandum is very unfair”.

Calaor believes that the guidelines that comprises in the said memorandum chose the beneficiaries, where in fact according to him most of the Aklanons suffered from the onslaught of typhoon Yolanda and there’s no reason to select who will be the recipients.

Thus,  protesters  in their placards, expressed indignation against the government's handling of the post Yolanda crisis, such as the delayed and "politicized" operations and distribution of relief goods, construction of allegedly overpriced bunkhouses, the no-build zone policies and other irregularities.  

Typhoon Yolanda damaged about P2.811 billion in infrastructure and agriculture in Aklan. The death toll stood at 14 with 572 injured.

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