Palace to media: Show gov't helping people too
MANILA - Malacañang on Thursday echoed an appeal made by Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman to media not to focus only on Zamboanga residents who have not received relief goods from the government.
Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda gave a rundown of the amount of relief assistance being given by the Department of Social Welfare and Development and asked media to report on it as well.
“We have addressed and attended to so many families in Zamboanga City and we just ask for fair play, and for fair coverage, and… to please also emphasize, if you’re emphasizing those who were not fed—100 persons who were not fed—to also please feature the many thousands of people whom this government, through the DSWD, has been attending,” Lacierda said.
Lacierda said the DSWD has been providing 70,000 ready-to-eat food packs for “for every mealtime: breakfast, lunch, and dinner,” relief and shelter assistance for families “whose houses were badly damaged to the fires.”
He added that the city’s social welfare development office “is providing 12,000 foods three times a day” with the Red Cross, Western Mindanao State University also helping.