PGMA to meet war veterans tomorrow

September 2, 2009 11:50 am 

MANILA, Sept. 2 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will meet Filipino World War II veterans tomorrow and inform them of her administration’s continuing advocacy to secure and ensure the provision of their long-overdue benefits.

The President will be the guest of honor and speaker during the Filipino WW II Veterans Assembly at the Tejeros Hall of Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Among those expected to welcome her are Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Gilbert Teodoro, Armed Forces Chief of Staff Gen. Victor Ibrado, Col. Emmanuel de Ocampo, national president of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP); and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) Administrator and DND Undersecretary Ernesto Carolina.

During her visit to Washington last July, the President thanked the U.S. government for its various economic assistance that include the long–overdue 190 million dollars compensation package for the old and frail Filipino veterans of World War II.

The compensation package is part of the 787 billion dollars economic stimulus measure signed into law by U.S. President Barack Obama that is expected to benefit some 18,000 Filipino World War II veterans, including an estimated 6,000 Filipino veterans living in the U.S.

While in Washington, the President received a resolution of gratitude from the families of Filipino World War II veterans for her continuing advocacy to secure recognition of service and the grant of long-overdue financial benefits for the ageing Filipino World War II veterans, particularly from the U.S. government.

During her visit to Washington in 2001, the President brought before U.S. President George Bush the plight of Filipino war veterans whose benefits compare poorly with those of their American counterparts.

In the Araw ng Kagitingan rites in April 2007, the President also assured World War II veterans that government will be able to catch up with its arrears on pension payments as she instructed the release of P1.8 billion for the payment of pension arrears in 2008.

Last year, the President signed Republic Act No. 9499 or the “Filipino World War II Veterans Pensions and Benefits Act of 2008” allowing Filipino veterans to continue receiving their pensions and benefits from the Philippine government in addition to similar pensions and benefits to be provided by the U.S. government. (PNA)



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