WWII veteran seeks LGU assistance

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


ONE of the World War II veterans from Davao City requested the City Government on Wednesday to provide them financial assistance.

"Wala kaming tinatanggap na financial assistance. Kinakailangan magbigay sila ng local funding sa mga veterans," Palabyab Palabyab, 94, said in an interview during the commemoration of Araw ng Kagitingan Wednesday.

He said the veterans in Makati City receive P100,000 when they reach the age of 100. "Sana may ganyan din dito sa atin," he said.

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Palabyab said he is currently receiving P20,000 monthly from the national government. Palabyab also said the local government could offer scholarship for the children of veterans.

"Malaking tulong na yun. Malaking bagay kung mabibgyan ng gobyerno ang mga anak namin ng scholarship," he said.

Palabyab was 22 years old when World War II broke out. During the city's ceremony Wednesday, Lt. Gen. Ricardo Rainier G. Cruz III, through Deputy Commander Brig. Gen Balutan, said the essence of celebrating the Araw ng Kagitingan is realizing that everybody share in the toil of nation building.

"The celebration reminds us to relive the great acts of our forefathers who offered their ultimate sacrifice to bring back the sovereignty of our country. As we honor them today, let us not merely pay lip service to the ideals that they fought for," Cruz said in a letter read by Balutan.
"Bilang mga sundalo, pangunahing tungkulin naming panatilihin ang kalayaan at protektahan kayo mula sa anumang mapanirang pwersa. Sa pamamagitan ng ating pagtutulungan, hindi malayong maabot natin ang ating matagal nang minimithi na kaunlaran at kapayapaan hindi lamang dito sa Rehiyon ng Davao kundi maging sa buong Pilipinas. I call for everyone, not only to remember our veterans on this day but also to constantly emulate their example. Only this way, we can truly honor them and give them the tribute that they deserve," he siad.

The City Government of Davao, together with the Veterans Federation of the Philippines and Sons and Daughters Association Inc. (VFP-SDAI), World War II Heritage Organization, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Davao Historical Society Foundation Inc., Order of the Knights of Rizal, Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of the Philippines, 4th Degree knights of Columbus, Department of Education, Philippine National Police, Boy Scout and Girl Scout of the Philippines gave honor to the veterans in the city on Wednesday.

The nation recognizes the veterans every 9th of April, the Araw ng Kagitingan. Araw ng Kagitingan, also known as Bataan and Corregidor Day, was first observed when the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino promulgated Executive Order 203 of 1987 to honor and remember the gallantry and valor of the Filipinos during World War II.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 10, 2014.

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