VP Binay gives cash assistance to soldiers’ widows

September 29, 2011 9:41 pm 

MANILA, Sept. 28 — Forty-nine widows of soldiers killed in action in Mindanao received P30,000 each as cash assistance.

Vice President Jejomar Binay, co-chairman of the Alay Sa Kawal Foundation (ASK), handed the cash assistance at simple ceremonies held at Camp Edilberto Evangelista in Cagayan de Oro City on Tuesday.

Established in 1986, ASK is the oldest non-governmental organization devoted to the welfare of enlisted personnel in the AFP.

“Bilang isang reservist nakita ko at nauunawaan ang sakripisyo ng mga sundalo sa ngalan ng paglilingkod sa bayan,” said Binay who is a Marines reserved officer with the rank of colonel.

“Umasa kayo na kami sa Alay sa Kawal Foundation ay patuloy na kikilos upang masigurado ang kapakanan ng ating mga sundalo at ng kanilang mga pamilya,” he added.

Binay, who is also the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council (HUDCC) chair, also announced plans to build housing units for the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) in Visayas and Mindanao.

He said that the government has allotted a budget of P3.5 billion for military and police housing.

To date, a total of 20,000 housing units have been distributed for soldiers and policemen in Luzon.

“Nasimulan na natin sa Luzon ang programang pabahay sa ating mga sundalo at pulis. Makakaasa po kayo na itutuloy natin into dito sa Visayas at Mindanao,” Binay said. (PNA)

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