ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines – At least 29 people, mostly parents and students, were injured in a stampede early Saturday outside a school in Zamboanga City when a huge crowd gathered to benefit from the educational aid from the government.
The incident happened around 8 a.m. at the main campus entrance gate of Zamboanga City High School (ZCHS) along Don Alfaro Street, Barangay Tetuan. A massive crowd of aspiring beneficiaries were overwhelmed when the gate to the campus opened, said Police Col. Alexander Lorenzo, acting director of the Zamboanga City Police Bureau.
The regional office of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has scheduled the educational assistance outing to the Vitaliano Agan Coliseum, located inside the ZCHS main campus, on Saturday.
Police said crowds began to build on Friday evening as parents and students began camping when the DSWD issued the notice and instructions for the payment.
Drone footage taken by a netizen showed the recipients screaming and screaming as they fought their way as several people fell to the ground and were crushed.
Police said security guards guarding the gate were overwhelmed by the massive crowd that forced their way inside.
The Public Affairs and Customer Service Unit of Zamboanga City Medical Center reported that at least 29 victims were brought in for treatment of injuries and for medical and oxygen administration.
The victims were described as between 16 and 58 years old. Twenty-seven were women and two were men, according to the ZCMC-PACCU report.
Mayor John Dalipe immediately intervened on sight and ordered the relevant agencies to ensure proper coordination for the ordered payment activity.
Dalipe also stressed that the local government is ready to provide support and resources that will ensure the safety of beneficiaries.
Ivan Eric Salvador, DSWD-9’s information officer, said the payment was canceled due to the incident, but they would continue with pre-registration for assessment and qualified recipients would be notified when the payment was released. cash assistance.
Salvador said DSWD-9 aims to accommodate 500 beneficiaries each Saturday to avoid huge crowds.
He said a qualifying beneficiary would receive P4,000.00 for middle school and vocational school, P3,000 for high school, P2,000 for high school and P1,000 for elementary as assistance to education.