Archbishop John Du of Palo has said several victims of Typhoon Haiyan gave more credit to non-government groups, while refusing to endorse a survey that gave a very good rating for President Benigno Aquino’s relief operations.
According to the Social Weather Station survey conducted from
December 11 to 16, 73% of Haiyan victims were satisfied and 19%
dissatisfied with government’s relief measures.
Among non-victims, 69%
said they were satisfied, while 21% were dissatisfied.
Archbishop Du said it was international humanitarian agencies and
church-based organisations that played major role after the devastation.
“I have observed that it is really the church people, those from
foreign agencies, non-government organisations and other religious
communities who are working very hard in the area,” he said.
The Aquino administration was criticized earlier for the slow response in delivering emergency assistance after the typhoon.
“I cannot give a confirmation to what the people in the survey are
saying. I do not go into it asking them if they are satisfied with the
government or not. We are just doing our part,” Du said.
The head of Social Action Centre in the Archdiocese of Capiz, Father
Mark Granflor, expressed disbelief at the survey results. He said that
the presence of local and foreign NGOs in Capiz province in relief and
rescue was overwhelming compared to government workers.
“When I heard that (survey), I kept on smiling,” Granflor said. “I’m
sorry but the people here did not really feel the presence and response
of the government during and after Haiyan. Maybe the respondents of the
survey really received enough aid from the government but it’s not the
case here in our area,” he said.