Village chief decries accusations

By Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The barangay captain of a remote barangay in La Castellana town decried what he claimed as unfair accusations hurled against them in the distribution of assistance to residents brought about by the 14-day Enhanced Community Quarantine in the province of Negros Occidental.

Barangay Sag-ang village chief Rolando Flores told Daily Guardian here that some residents accused them of favoritism in the distribution of relief goods.

“It is not true,” Flores said.

He also said there are residents who are considered to be in the middle class complaining why they were not given food assistance.

Flores said that in order to extend the assistance to every family, officials decided to distribute two kilos of rice to every household.

“So that everybody can avail,” he explained.

But again there are those who complained that it is not enough, Flores said.

“We cannot please everybody but we are just doing our best,” Flores lamented, adding that other barangay officials are encountering similar problems.

Flores said it is just the first batch of the distribution of food assistance and they are set to distribute the second batch.

He said that his barangay has 3,000 households.

In La Castellana town, Mayor Rhumyla Nicor-Mangilimutan has delegated the distribution of food assistance to the barangay officials.

Mangilimutan said the barangays officials know their constituents better.