MANILA, Philippines --- A lawmaker yesterday appealed for sobriety and calm after some 3,000 survivors of Typhoon "Pablo" ransacked the regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) in Davao City, taking off with dozens of sacks of rice and boxes of relief goods.
Rep. Maria Carmen Apsay (1st District, Compostela Valley), whose district was greatly devastated by Typhoon "Pablo" in December 2012, said she fully supports the DSWD and other government offices for responding to help during the onslaught of Typhoon "Pablo" but stressed that she cannot condone resorting to violence and theft.
"Many of our people in Compostela Valley are struggling but we all understand the need for cooperation, unity and responsibility for ourselves and for our neighbors if we are to move forward," Apsay said.
The group belonging to the Barug Katawhan led by a certain Karlos Trangia said residents stormed the DSWD office for its failure to distribute relief goods to hungry residents from Davao Oriental and the Compostela Valley.
Apsay said the DSWD, national agencies, provincial and local governments and her congressional office have all been working together round-the-clock to return the people to normalcy.
"We reiterate our plea for cooperation and sobriety in order to rise from the situation. Let this not impede our collective and continuing efforts to return to progress," Apsay stressed.