Grade 12 student ends life allegedly after being removed from 4Ps

MANILA, Philippines – A 19-year-old student allegedly committed suicide after being removed from the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) list of beneficiaries.

The lifeless body of a Grade 12 student from Barangay New Minarog, Motiong, Samar, was discovered hanging inside a small nipa hut by her older sibling on October 14. The teenage girl was rushed to the Samar Provincial Hospital in Catbalogan City but was declared dead on arrival.

Grade 12 student ends life allegedly after being removed from 4Ps
A Grade 12 student from Samar allegedly committed suicide after being delisted from 4Ps | Photo Courtesy: Motiong, Samar PNP

According to reports by the Motiong police, the older sibling of the victim who found her body went to the station to report the incident. PMSg. Christopher Prudenciado and his team went to the location of the small nipa hut, which was around 100 meters away from the family's residence.

According to the initial investigation, the victim's father revealed that he noticed how his daughter was uneasy and filled with worry days before the fateful day. The teenager soon admitted to her father her fears of being delisted as a 4Ps beneficiary.

On October 14, at around 4:00 in the morning, the father awoke and noticed his daughter was no longer in bed. After searching, her lifeless body was found in the nipa hut.

As of the moment, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Region 8 still has no statement on the incident. The educational grant of 4Ps is only eligible for students up to the age of 18.

Recently, Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo said at least 1.3 million beneficiaries will be delisted as part of the agency’s “clean up.” Reasons for being delisted vary from “graduating” from the poverty line, ineligibility, or violations such as pawning their cash cards to “loan sharks.”

If you or someone you know has thoughts of suicide or self-harm, reach out and seek help immediately. You can also call the National Mental Health Crisis Hotline at the following numbers:
  • 1553 (Luzon-wide toll-free)
  • Globe & TM subscribers: 09663514518 / 09178998727
  • SMART & SUN subscribers: 09086392672

— Sally, The Summit Express

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