Monday, 17 October 2011 13:09
Filipino war veterans may soon get an additional P1,000 monthly pensions as an extra assistance to them.
Rep. Lani Mercado-Revilla (2nd District, Cavite), author of House Bill 5296, cited the high cost of medicines, hospitals, physicians and laboratory tests that prevented war veterans from seeking medical help even from government hospitals.
Under the bill, the monthly pension shall be granted directly to the war veteran, if he or she is still living.
The bill provides that in case the recipient is already dead, his or her pension shall be released to his surviving spouse or eldest child.
"Most of the Filipino war veterans, who served in two world wars are no longer alive, while others are so frail and weak," Mercado-Revilla said.
"With their declining health conditions due to ageing, they are naturally vulnerable to illnesses and injuries and therefore, it is imperative to upgrade their pension so they can meet the increasing medical and health care expenses," Mercado-Revilla added.
Under the bill, the amount necessary for the implementation of the proposed pension shall be charged to the Department of National Defense (DND) under the current General Appropriations Act which shall issue the necessary rules and regulations.
"This is one way we can recognize and reward the contributions of our war veterans notwithstanding their bravery and loyalty to our country during the wars," Mercado-Revilla. (Eduardo A. Galvez, MRS-PRIB)
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