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Bill seeking 300% pension hike for Filipino war veterans signed into law

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Friday, 11 January 2019 05:30 AM

Courtesy: Presidential Communications
Courtesy: Presidential Communications

President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the bill that increases war veterans’ monthly pension to P20,000.

This is a 300 percent increase in the monthly old-age pension of senior Filipino war veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars.

The entitlement to the increase in old-age pension shall be limited to the eligible living senior veterans and shall not be transferable to any family members and or dependents of the senior veterans.

The amount for the initial implementation of this act shall be charged against the current year’s available appropriation of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office and for the continued implementation shall be included in the annual general appropriations act. — UNTV News and Rescue

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Bill seeking 300% increase in war veterans’ pension awaits Duterte’s signature

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, 13 December 2018 05:10 PM

FILE PHOTO: Filipino World War II veterans

Only the signature of President Rodrigo Duterte is missing before the bill that seeks to increase the pension of Filipino senior war veterans by 300 percent, can become a law.

One enacted into law, an estimated 6,000 living senior veterans of World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War will benefit from it.

Under the proposed measure, eligible pensioners will receive an increase of P15,000 to their current monthly pension of P5,000; bringing the total to 20,000. — UNTV News & Rescue

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AFP retirees ask CA’s help over P18B unreleased pension

by UNTV News and Rescue   |   Posted on Monday, 24 September 2018 03:41 PM

Members of the AFP Retirees and Pensioners National Coordinating Council led by Prof. (Major) Alfonso Besario  (lower row, center) presenting the petition they filed seeking the release of pending pension arrears of retired soldiers.

 

MANILA, Philippines – Some retired soldiers and families flocked to the Court of Appeals (CA) on Monday, September 24, to seek the court’s assistance in implementing the decision made by the Commission on Audit (COA) in 2015 regarding their unreleased pension.

The AFP Retirees and Pensioners National Coordinating Council (AFPRPNCC) wants the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) to act on the COA’s approval to release almost P18B  worth of pension arrears of retired soldiers.

“The COA said we have made a decision, it is up to the DBM, DND and AFP to implement that decision and yet these three agencies of the government, with due respect, they are not complying it sincerely and faithfully. Only one-third of that 18.960 billion was released,” said Prof. Alfonso Besario (Maj. Ret) the group’s national president and chairman.

Some of them openly shared their sentiments as they have  long been waiting for the compensation due to them for serving the country for many years.

“Mahirap talaga kasi ang differential na iyan ay inaasahan din namin. Halimbawa iyong mga maintenance namin, pambili ng mga gamot, pangangailangan sa mga bahay namin, iyong mga pang araw-araw.  Siyempre malaking tulong din sa amin iyan,” lamented widower Lorinda Sudela whose husband, a retiree, died due to heart ailment.

(It’s been difficult for us because we were counting on the differential for our maintenance medicine, household needs and everyday expenses. It would be a huge help.)

“Maraming hindi pa nakakakuha noong differential na iyan. Kasi siyempre inaantay naman nila. Iyong iba pinagkakamatayan na, hindi na nakukuha iyong pera nila. Kaya ang mga kaparehas kong balo andun lang naman ang inaasahan na pera. Bakit naman iyong iba nakakuha na? Bakit kami wala pa?” said another widow, Susana Tahamid.

(Many retirees have yet to receive the [pension]differential. Others have died waiting for it. Widows like me have only [the pension differential] as our means of income.  How come some were able to receive theirs while ours are still missing?)

The UNTV News and Rescue Team tried to reach the side of the three concerned agencies but no response was made as of this writing. — Marje Pelayo (with reports from Mai Bermudez)

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House okays increased pension for war veterans

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, 29 May 2018 10:45 AM

 

FILE PHOTO: Filipino World War II veterans (UNTV News)

 

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading, House Bill No. 7525 that seeks to increase the monthly pension of veterans from P5,000 to P20,000.

It shall apply to veterans of World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars, provided that veterans of Korean and Vietnam Wars are not receiving pension from the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).

The bill also states that entitlement to the old age pension is not transferable to any family member or dependent of the senior citizen.

According to the author of the bill, Bataan Representative Geraldine Roman, the measure aims to honor the sacrifices and heroism of war veterans. The pension hike will allow them to afford and sustain their basic needs. — UNTV News & Rescue

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