MANILA – The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) on Thursday dismissed as lies and “fake news” claims that the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) is diverting donations in the ongoing campaign against the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) to hospital-based Malasakit Centers.
“Fake news din po pala yung sinasabi nila that OCD is diverting the donations to the hospital-based Malasakit Centers. Wala pong ganung nagaganap (Reports circulating that the OCD is diverting the donation to hospital-based Malasakit Centers are fake news. There is nothing like that happening.) As you may have seen on our official website, the sets of PPE (personal protective equipment) and supplies we purchased or donated were distributed directly to hospitals attending to the Covid-19 patients,” NDRRMC spokesperson Mark Cashean Timbal said in a message to reporters.
The OCD is the implementing arm of the NDRRMC.
Timbal also said there is no truth to claims that there is a stopover of donations or repacking/rebranding being done in their warehouses.
“We take our responsibilities seriously and we will never be inclined to pass the buck to other people. This is our process ever since, as you have seen in our previous disaster operations. Whatever we procure or whatever donation we receive, we directly provide it to the intended recipients. In this case, the hospitals po,” he added.
He also refuted rumors claiming that the OCD is raiding private hospitals and confiscating their supplies and equipment to give to other medical facilities.
“Good morning everyone! A piece of fake news circulated that some hospitals were raided by the government, specifically OCD, to confiscate their supplies and equipment for these to be given to other hospitals. That is fake news,” he added.
In a Facebook post, The Medical City denied the occurrence of such an incident.
“There is news circulating that a raid of PPE supplies occurred on our premises on the evening of April 1. We deny this and encourage everyone to be careful in spreading unverified information,” the post read.
Timbal, meanwhile, added that just like what was done in previous disaster response operations, the OCD has been gathering resources through procurement and donations.
“What we have pooled are distributed to various recipients,” Timbal added.
In the case of ongoing efforts to contain Covid-19, PPE suits and other medical supplies being distributed to various hospitals were procured by the OCD or came from various donors, he said.
“We are very grateful po to all our donors and the member-agencies of the NDRRMC who provide logistical support for the transport of the various items that we are giving to hospitals across the country,” Timbal added.
Also, he thanked members of the media for helping the NDRRMC-OCD fight these kinds of misinformation.
“Please be assured that the NDRRMC-OCD is one with you in fighting the Covid-19,” Timbal added. (PNA)