DND chief says government committed to supporting WW II vets

April 4, 2012 10:10 pm 

MANILA, April 4 — As the country formally celebrates the start of Philippine Veterans Week this Wednesday, Defense Secretary Voltaire Gazmin reiterated the government's commitment to honor and support the remaining World War II veterans.

In line with this pledge, Gazmin stressed the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, headed by retired Lt. Gen. Ernesto Carolina, is doing everything he can to provide efficient service to veterans and their families.

Aside from this, the PVAO is constantly conducting cleaning its rolls of bogus veterans so that government benefits can be given to those who answered the nation's call for arms and defense during World War II.

Gazmin also said the PVAO is working on a scheme where the pensions and other benefits for the veterans will be sent through their ATM accounts making it easier for the beneficiary to get his due and monitoring groups to account for the funds released.

"PVAO can easily block the access of the ATMs once there has been no moment in the account for the past three months. It is more efficient and reliable that the old system where they just mail the checks to the recipients," Gazmin further explained.

Earlier, a wreath-laying ceremony took place at the "Libingan ng Mga Bayani" in Fort Bonifacio, Taguig with Gazmin acting as the guest of honor in support of Philippine Veterans Week which starts on April 4 and ends on April 11.

Carolina has encouraged “the active participation of the public, especially the youth, to make them experience how the nation manifests its gratitude to its heroes as it pursues the essential task of preparing the future defenders.” (PNA) DCT/hbc/PFN

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