IN TACLOBAN CITY – The Bagong Alyansang Makabayan (BAYAN)-Eastern Visayas assailed the recent SWS survey saying that President Benigno Aquino III received a “very good” satisfaction rating from areas ravaged by supertyphoon Yolanda last November.
“The survey is very delusional. The Aquino government must be very desperate that it has now started to exhaust all possible mediums to sanitize what is really happening in areas devastated by Yolanda,” said Jun Berino, secretary general of BAYAN-Eastern Visayas.
“Who is this administration fooling? The survey result is a blatant lie. The SWS survey was obviously commissioned by Malacanang. It is a lousy attempt to influence public opinion and it failed obviously. It actually boomeranged to the Aquino administration. The people of Eastern Visayas must be enraged at the moment at the results of the SWS Survey,” added Berino.
“We are challenging the Aquino administration to go to the interior villages, evacuation centers, coastal communities, rural and urban schools and mass grave of Yolanda victims,” challenged Berino. He said that in all the places BAYAN-EV has been to for relief and rehabilitation efforts, the people have been so thirsty for help, may it be food, cash or medical assistance.
A resident in a fishing village in Tacloban City also aired the same sentiment. When asked what help the government has done to her family and community, she replied, “Government? What government? We did not receive any help from them here in Tacloban. The only aid that arrives are from the international institutions,” said Rowena Berio, 36 years old, of Barangay 52, Magallanes District, Tacloban City.
She is one of the thousands of residents affected by the No-Build Zone policy being imposed by the Aquino government on coastal communities within the 40-meter stretch from the shore. Like Berino, she challenged President Noynoy Aquino to see for himself the miserable conditions of residents living along the coastal communities. She said that their fishing boat was destroyed and that they could not go fishing. She also refuses to be transferred to New Kawayan, a relocation site that does not guarantee livelihood and is very far from their source of living and her children’s schooling.
Delia Dacuital, 46, has been staying at the Astrodome evacuation center for more than two months already. She and her family were originally from Barangay 61, Old Road Sagkahan, Tacloban City. She demands that the Aquino government give her family proper shelter and a job with adequate salary.
“The typhoon victims are really exasperated at the government. They find the government inutile,” adds Berino. He said that the typhoon victims have to endure the wretched conditions in the evacuation centers. Families cannot go back to their homes and livelihood because of the No-Build Zone policy. The corruption-riddled bunkhouses only serve as a photo-op for Aquino and his minions to show that they are doing something. Actually, not a single family has been relocated to these overpriced units. Thousands of families in Tacloban City alone do not know where else to go,” ended Berino.
Jun Berino, secretary general
BAYAN Eastern Visayas
Reference Number: 09355208853