29 injured in stampede over DSWD cash aid payout in Zamboanga

By: John Eric Mendoza - Reporter / @JEMendozaINQ - Inquirer.net | August 20,2022 - 07:31 PM
29 injured in stampede in Zamboanga during distribution of educational cash aid. Photo from PACCU Zamboanga City

Photo from PACCU Zamboanga City

MANILA, Philippines — A total of 29 people were injured after the stampede incident in a coliseum in Barangay Tetuan, Zamboanga City during the distribution of educational cash aid on Saturday.

In an advisory, the Zamboanga City Medical Center (ZCMC) confirmed that the victims were between 16 and 58 years old, of which 2 were males and 27 were females.

“There were no reported victims in critical condition, and everyone was treated as an outpatient,” ZCMC said in a Facebook post.

In a press briefing, Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Erwin Tulfo also confirmed that 29 were hurt in the incident in the Zamboanga City Coliseum.

Tulfo said the victims only sustained minor injuries and others were already discharged.

Tulfo said a miscommunication resulted in large crowds outside the department’s central and regional offices.

The DSWD on Friday announced that it will distribute some  P500 million worth of cash assistance to indigent students.

Tulfo said the assistance will be P1,000 for elementary students, P2,000 for junior high school students, P3,000 for senior high school students, and P4,000 for college students or those taking vocational courses.

Up to three students per family can get cash assistance, according to the secretary.

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