Child beneficiary dies while waiting for wheelchair Print
Saturday, 02 June 2018 13:44

By richard falcatan

An 8-year-old beneficiary of the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) died while waiting for a wheelchair donation during a government distribution program in Basilan province last Wednesday.

The girl, who suffered from Hydrocephalus, was sick but was required to personally claim the wheelchair from the Department of Social Welfare and Development and Joint Task Force Basilan, said Glenda Tobias, 4Ps provincial link in Basilan province.

Tobias, who is with DSWD IX, said that the girl was already sick for ten (10) days when she had to attend the turnover ceremony to personally receive the wheelchair, which was required under the program.

The girl was with her parents when she suddenly collapsed and died during the ceremony.

The girl’s death prompted some netizens to call for changes in the requirements for receiving the wheelchair donation, particularly in relation to beneficiaries who are ill.  (Richard Falcatan)