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Fishers complain of unfair distribution of donations

October 20, 2006

By MONTESA GRIÑO
Panay News, Oct. 20, 2006

GUIMARAS – Around 30 fisher folks in Brgy. East Valencia, Buenavista complained of “unfair distribution of food assistance.” They specifically rapped Barangay Captain Carlito Gaitano and Municipal Agriculturist Jonathan Elidia.

They also complained of not having been paid wages for the three days they spent making oil spill booms on August 28, 29 and 30.

In an open letter they circulated, the 30 fishing folks said allies of Gaitano were given priority.

Kami nakahibalo nga ang dapat makabaton sang nasambit nga bulig amo yadtong mga pumuluyo nga mostly affected sang nasambit nga kalamidad. Pero ang nagakatabu, ila lang ginapamili ang ila hatagan subong sang ila mga kaparyentihan nga indi gani buliligan kag indi mga apektado sang alamidad nga natabu dri sa Guimaras,” they said.

Last September 18, they said, goods were distributed at Abelardo’s Beach Resort and included two gatang of rice, four packs of instant noodles and six cans of sardines.

The complainants said Elidia told them that it was up to him who would be given.

“We wanted to know what are the criteria in choosing those benefactors,” complainants lamented.

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