Veterans pension raised to P20,000


The monthly pension of Philippine war veter-ans in Negros Oriental and nationwide,  has been increased from P5000 to P20,000 a month.  Of the 350,000 original  World War II veterans listed, only 5,000 are living. When the veteran passes away, the old pension of P5000 is reverted and given to the living spouse.

This is the new law signed by President Duterte, after more than 20 years of lobbying.

In Negros Oriental, there are 240 post war veterans receiving P5000 pension while only 15 original world war II veterans are left who are receiving P20,000 monthly pension.

The Phil Veterans Federation in Dumaguete is headed by Rene Armentano of Bantayan; Jayme Tyhon of district 1 Guihulngan; Severo Villena of distrct 2 in Tanjay; and Wilfred Vincoy Dist 3 in Valencia.

The Phil Veterans Affairs office in Dumaguete  is headed by Anabell Moga whose office is at the Perdices Oval GSO office. Veterans may call 226-2602.

The gallantry of Filipino heroes of World War II lives on through those who wage the crusade against crime, drugs, terrorism and corruption.

The undying gallantry of the Filipino heroes of Bataan and Corregidor lives on in the ranks of the police service, immortalized by modern day heroes who offered the supreme sacrifice for God, country and people; and those who continue to wage the national crusade against crime, drugs, terrorism and corruption, PNP Director General Ramon Albayalde said in a statement.

The country celebrated Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor) Tuesday (April 9), in honor of Filipino and allied veterans who saw action against the Japanese during World War II.

The veterans are composed of the original veterans of the world war and the post-war veterans born after the war.

They  commemorate this momentous event to mark and remember the heroism of our Filipino war veterans coinciding with different meaningful activities in participation of all government agencies, including the PNP, representing the law enforcement sector.

Executive Order 203, series of 1987, declared April 9th of each year as National Day of Valor or Araw ng Kagitingan, while Presidential Proclamation 466, series of 1989 declared April 5-11 as Philippine Veterans Week.

Philippine Veterans Week was  commemorated with simultaneous flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremonies in PNP camps and war memorial shrines nationwide. Zamboanguita crossing has a beautiful war memorial which is fitting for a tourist site if developed further. It is the shrine commemorating the Japanese surrender .

Police units and offices have laid out security coverages, traffic management, and other related public safety services  secured  venues and event areas of the Araw ng Kagitingan ceremonies. (By Christopher Lloyd Caliwan)