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DOH wheelchairs dumped at PhilPost office

What appears to be dozens of wheelchairs were found dumped by the Department of Health (DOH) at the Philippine Postal Corporation office in Quezon City.

According to an exclusive report by Jamie Santos on GMA's "24 Oras Weekend" on Sunday, a concerned citizen saw the wheelchairs moldering in the PhilPost office on NIA Road.

"Naglalakad ako sa compound, meron akong nakitang mga boxes—puro wheelchair. Tapos sabi ko bakit kaya ang dami tapos ang dudumi," Rommel Reodica, the concerned citizen, said in the report.

"Sabi nung isang guard, 'Sir kasi ano 'yan, dinala dito 'yan ng DOH. Dito muna pinakisuyo kasi wala na yatang space sa office nila sa DOH...' 'Yung concern ko lang, 'yung wheelchair, maraming nasasayang, maraming nangangailangan. Sana ma-distribute," he said.

The wheelchairs were said to have bought during the administration of former President Benigno Aquino III, under the watch of then-Health Secretary Janette Garin.

In the report, Garin said the wheelchairs were acquired for senior citizens and persons with disabilities and were supposed to have already been distributed.

Garin said she will coordinate with the current officials of the DOH to check why the wheelchairs are still stored at PhilPost, as they should have already been distributed during the change of administration last year.

DOH Officer-in-Charge Herminigildo Valle said his office will look into the matter immediately. — Jon Viktor D. Cabuenas/BM, GMA News