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Sydney-based relatives and friends of typhoon Sendong survivors expressed disgust at LBC’s failure to make proper and complete delivery of relief boxes intended for Sendong victims in Mindanao.
Only 61 of 121 boxes packed by ILISA staff and shipped via LBC arrived. Of the 61 boxes, 16 were addressed for HELP CDO NOW community groups in Cagayan de Oro, but only two boxes reached Mindanao which were found in Iligan City, 88 kilometres from Cagayan de Oro. Some boxes were also reported to have been opened and sorted.
When ILISA brought these matters to the attention of LBC, the company’s management kept silent on the situation.
ILISA President Gina Samia said that LBC did not offer any explanation or justification for the missing boxes or why some of the boxes had been opened and sorted.
In early last January, LBC offered free boxes and delivery for goods bound for flood stricken Northern Mindanao which other Filipino groups took, and for which they were grateful for LBC’s offer.
The donor groups met with ILISA volunteer workers at LBC’s Glendenning warehouse to pack the goods. LBC Sydney Team Leader Maricar Araullo provided instructions on how to label the donations to ensure that these reach the addressees.
Days after the goods were packed and deposited at the LBC Glendenning warehouse, LBC Area Head Delfin Posada, in an exclusive interview with a Metro Sydney based Filipino community newspaper, “has assured the Australian public particularly those in the Filipino community that their donations will go directly to the victims of typhoon Sendong (International Code named Washi) who were greatly devastated by the effects of heavy rains and flash floods early December 2011″.
Last Tuesday April 17, this writer emailed Mr Posada asking for an official statement on the situation.
As of this writing, Mr Posada has not responded. An earlier email, sent on January 14, 2012, also remained unanswered.