DSWD distributes contaminated food packs in Boracay
Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) confirmed that some food packs that were given to displaced residents in Boracay Island were contaminated.
“First of all, we apologize,” said DSWD Western Visayas director Rebecca Geamala.
She said that out of 2,760 food packs distributed last week, seven were contaminated.
An Inquirer report showed that after lining up for hours to get the food packs, Boracay residents complained of receiving spoiled canned goods and foul-smelling rice.
It was so bad, that they wanted to throw up upon receiving the food, a resident said.
Geamala said the contamination happened because of improper handling and hauling from the mainland of Aklan to the island.
“It was the first time that government agencies distributed food packs to tens of thousands of residents and workers who lost their livelihood or stopped working for the six-month rehabilitation of Boracay,” the report further said.