PVAO releases P9-B pension for veterans beneficiaries in 2017

Manila, Philippines – To be able to help and take care of veterans and their families, Php9.06 billion worth of pensions was disbursed by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) in 2017.

Department of National Defense (DND) spokesperson Arsenio Andolong said that an average of 208, 159 pension accounts will benefit from it.

Andolong added that PVAO subsidized different medical and health care services worth of 85.05 million as part of efforts to acknowledge the services rendered by Filipino veterans.

The said services were availed by Filipino veterans and their qualified dependents under the Veterans Hospitalization and Medical Care Program (VHMCP).

“This accomplishment leads PVAO to realizing its objective that no veteran should pay for his own medicine,” Andolong said.

Aside the added pensions and health services, PVAO also provided educational benefits to 2,185 “Iskolar ng mga Bayani”, totaled Php38.11 million as of the end of November 2017.

The DND Spokesman added that PVAO’s Educational Benefits Program has produced almost 7,300 graduates since 2002.

The “Iskolar ng mga Bayani” program is given to all qualified dependents and deserving students for a maximum of Php36, 000 annually per beneficiary.

These beneficiaries are direct descendants of the Philippine’s valiant defenders who fought and risked lives in World War II, during Korean War, and Vietnam War.

Also, PVAO gave burial assistance to almost 4, 000 beneficiaries for a total amount of Php80.93 million.

On December 20, President Rodrigo Duterte handed over Php100 million to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center.

He also mandated the VMMC officials to get quality medical equipment and promised to give more donation for the hospital.

“Buy the best, huwag yung lowest bid… I want quality. Quality ako,” he said in a press conference.

source: PNA

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