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Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Diskwento Caravan of DTI in Yolanda-Affected Areas : Scrutinized!


Wazzup Pilipinas!

Any form of help towards the victims or survivors of Super Typhoon Yolanda should be appreciated. Do not easily judge an effort as if you know the real intentions.

It is heart-breaking that after all the good intentions, you will be humiliated for virtually the whole world to see and make fun of.

Nobody is perfect. There is no 100% full-proof way of satisfying everyone regardless of how sincere is your desire to help.


Many will continue to think like crabs that will pull you down or leeches that will suck your blood just because its their basic instinct to react absurdly as if they were oppressed.

"Huwag paapekto sa mga taong mapanghusga kahit hindi alam ang buong kuwento."




Below is the official statement of the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) regarding the issues being thrown at their Diskwento Caravan:

"The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has been conducting Diskwento Caravans (Discount Caravans) for many years to sell goods to consumers at discounted prices. It is a public service conducted by DTI in partnership with big manufacturer and/or distributors. It is also an act of public service by the manufacturers and distributors as most of them do not make money on their Diskwento Caravan Activities.

In calamity areas, the value of Diskwento Caravans is in providing the availability of non-relief item at a discounted price. In the last 10 days in Samar/Leyte, we have provided many truckloads of bread, canned milk, assorted other canned goods, other types of beverage, sanitary napkins/panty liners and many other products that are otherwise unavailable in the area. DTI’s 2nd Diskwento Caravan in Tacloban tomorrow will also include construction materials such as GI sheets, nails, etc. and products such as batteries, flashlights and other necessities.

DTI has a very meager budget and gets zero donations. The Diskwento Caravans especially in areas in Leyte/Samar have been conducted at great sacrifice by our employees around the region and by the employees of our partner companies as they effectively take 30 hour shifts from the time they leave Cebu port on a RORO to Leyte/Samar to the time they get back to Cebu after holding the Diskwento Caravan without the benefit of a hotel room or assured toilet facilities.

It is their desire to help that keeps them going. I only hope they don’t read the negative comments regarding the Diskwento Caravan on iReport as it will certainly break their hearts.

Finally, while a number of nations and organizations have pledged their assistance amounting to over 360 Million dollars to the Philippines, a major part of that amount is given directly to foreign and local aid agencies, contrary to the impression that government is given all of that aid money. It is precisely in the spirit of transparency that our government has put up the Foreign Aid Transparency Hub or the FAiTH website (www.faith.gov.ph) where one can access the respective pledges of assistance of nations and organizations, and where the pledge is addressed to, either to the Philippine government or private organizations. I encourage your readers to visit the FAiTH website.

Thank you."

dti.gov.ph

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