CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, April 12 (PIA)-- In consonance with Proclamation 466 s. 1989 declaring April 5 to 11 as "Philippine Veteran's Week" and the commemoration of the 79th "Araw ng Kagitingan," the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) - Field Service Office here has underscored the sacrifices made by the veterans by launching awareness webinars and augmenting its services for veterans and their families in Northern Mindanao.
"It is important [to honor our veterans] because they are the emblem of our freedom. Without the sacrifices of our veterans we would have experienced the freedom that we are enjoying today," PVAO-Field Service Extension Office-Cagayan de Oro Head Luisa Pellazar Revecho said during the Talakyan sa PIA, April 8.
With its "KAGITINGAN: THE PVAO WEBINAR SERIES 2021," the PVAO taps various published historians and academes from the different universities across the country as speakers for its 13 collective topics covering quintessential and factual imagery of the Second World War in the Philippines and educate the younger generation about the country's military history.
Based on PVAO's latest data, there are currently 52,448 veterans nationwide and 2,895 of them are World War-II veterans. In region 10, there are around 2,580 veterans and 10 of them are World War-II veterans.
In support of the country's veterans and their families, Revecho said that in addition to the Armed Forces of the Philippines' (AFP) monthly pension, PVAO also provides P5,000 pension benefits to veterans and their surviving families per month with an additional P1,000 for veterans killed in action and those who reached 70 years old plus scholarships and educational benefits for their children and/or grandchildren.
For healthcare benefits, PVAO has entered into A memorandum of agreement (MOA) with public and private hospitals to subsidize P1,500 per day (with a total of 45 days per year) for veteran hospitalization, and the reimbursements of their maintenance medicines.
In coping with the COVID-19 pandemic, PVAO-10 in collaboration with the PHIVIDEC, Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP), local government units (LGUs), and a prominent pharmaceutical companies in the country provided online psychological and neurological screening to veterans through the "Lingap Diwa" program.
Further, Revecho also disclosed that they are also cooperating with the Northern Mindanao Medical Center (NMMC) and Camp Evangelista Hospital for the construction of their respective veteran's wards with NMMC finishing them by June, and PHIVIDEC to be constructing them at Camp Evangelista Hospital.
"In my opinion, the government has really given so much support to our veterans this pandemic in recognition of their services and sacrifices for the country," she said. (VPSB/PIA10)