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DSWD, protesters end Davao impasse

DAVAO CITY, Philippines – The three-day impasse and protests launched by “Pablo” survivors from the provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley finally ended on Thursday afternoon when thousands of protesters boarded around 20 buses that ferried them all to their respective towns and provinces.

The end to the series of protests actions came after Barug Katawhan leaders and officials of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) inked an agreement on Wednesday night, February 27, outlining important modes and approaches on how to continue the food aid to the typhoon-affected areas.

DSWD Assistant Secretary Camilo Gudmalin who came down here to resolve the standoff, in an interview with the media, said both parties have agreed on important points in a consensus.

Among the essential issue agreed by the parties was the application of strict validation scheme should there be cases of inadequate supplies of food aid in certain localities in the typhoon-affected areas.

The validation will be done by local government unit concerned, the DSWD, Barug Katawhan and Balsa Mindanao, a local support group.

The parties also acceded to hasten the validation on the volume of relief goods to be released in areas proven to have insufficient supply of food aid received, the list of beneficiaries to be compiled by Barug Katawhan. (Alexander Lopez)

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