Sacks of rice, relief goods found abandoned at far-flung area in Leyte

  • Sacks of rice, bags of relief goods were found in a remote area in Leyte
  • The commodities have markings of the NFA seal and DSWD
  • Authorities are investigating on the incident

Several sacks of rice marked with the seal of National Food Authority (NFA) and relief supplies also with markings bearing the seal of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) were found abandoned in a far-flung barangay in Dagami, Leyte.

The rice, which were already moist and smelly, were found abandoned in a deep hole in the barangay, a news report written by Sharon Evite of ABS-CBN News Tacloban disclosed.

Some residents believe that the sacks were transported or brought to the area at night.

DSWD Regional Director Nestor Ramos refused to comment on the issue, as they are still investigating the allegations.

Meanwhile, NFA Administrator Reynan Dalisay has earlier ordered NFA in Region 8 to investigate the matter.

In January, more than 900 sacks of rotten rice have been found abandoned inside the compound of the damaged office of the Bureau of Customs Regional Office 8 located near the Tacloban City sea port and beside the office of the Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA).

The sacks of rotten rice were discovered because passersby, including government workers near the area, noticed its unpleasant smell.

There is suspicion in some quarters that the rotten rice was part of donations for Yolanda victims last year, but this was denied by the Acting District Collector of the BOC.

That time, acting District Collector of Customs Avelino Alberca claimed the more than 900 sacks of rice were not donations for Yolanda victims but suspected smuggled rice that had been issued a warrant of seizure and detention.

Alberca also denied during that incident that the rice were from National Food Authority (NFA) rice. He insisted that the merchandise was commercial rice.

Authorities will investigate further on the questionable sacks of rice and bags of relief goods.