CSWDO discourages public from buying rice for IDP aid PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 07 August 2014 13:15

The City Social Welfare and Development Office (CSWDO) has warned the public against buying of rice or any other relief goods intended as assistance to internally displaced persons (IDPs).

This, in view of reports received from the World Food Program (WFP) and camp managers, that some enterprising individuals are buying rice and from IDPs benefiting from the Food for Work program initiated jointly by the WDP and the Food and Livelihood Cluster where the beneficiaries get a sack of rice for a one-week work.

The CSWDO also got wind of reports that the purchase of rice is done through bidding process. A sack of rice is sold between P1,200 to P1,700 per sack.

City Social Welfare Officer Socorro Rojas said buying for consumption or resale from the recipient of disaster affected persons any relief goods, equipment or other aid commodities which are intended for distribution to disaster victims is one of the prohibited acts under section 19 of Republic Act 10121 otherwise known as An Act Strengthening the Philippine Disaster Risk Reduction and Management System, providing for the national disaster risk reduction and management framework and institutionalizing the national disaster risk reduction and management plan, appropriating funds therefore and for other purposes.

Rojas said under the same law, violators shall be prosecuted and upon conviction shall suffer a fine of not less than P50,000 or any amount not to exceed P500,000 or imprisonment of not less than 6 years and one day or more than 12 years or both, at the discretion of the Court, including perpetual disqualification from public office if the offender is a public officer, and confiscation or forfeiture in favour of the government of the objects and instrumentalities used in committing any of the prohibited acts.

Concerned agencies will be making the rounds of the market and other areas where the sale and resale of rice and or other relief goods are taking place, according to the social welfare officer.

“We discourage the public to buy rice intended for IDPs as this is not allowed under the Disaster Act,” Rojas added.- Sheila Covarrubias