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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
SURVIVING World War II veterans in Eastern Visayas have received their lifetime pension from the government, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) confirmed Tuesday.
PVAO-Eastern Visayas head Nenita Brazil said the veterans, together with Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) retirees, are already enjoying the monthly P5,000 pension provided them by the government.
This disclosure, she said, is in time for the celebration of the 66th Leyte Gulf Landings today, which also highlights the heroism of the WWII veterans.
He also said that the veterans have been receiving the Total Administrative Disability Pension (TADP) upon the order of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo.
The Department of Budget and Management (DBM), she added, was ordered to release P1.2 billion for the war veterans.
"This is actually a piece of good news for war vets because their sacrifices will be paid. Every month they are already receiving P1,700," she said.
In the region, records from PVAO show that there are almost 600 living World War II veterans. Eighty-one of them are in Tacloban City.
Brazil said they do not have any records yet of those who applied for the US Economic Stimulus Bill that granted cash benefits for the Filipino veterans as damages payment for human suffering they endured in their military service during the World War II.
"This is because veterans who applied for the (US President Barack) Obama bill are under the US Veterans' Affairs (USVA) Office's jurisdiction. As far as we know, the compensation is directly given to the families of the veterans," she said.
The equity bill seeks to grant the Filipino war veterans who have fought under the American flag during World War II with least $7,329 worth of benefits, which regular US veterans are now receiving.
The benefits include the veterans' health care, service-connected disability compensation, non-service-connected disability compensation, dependent indemnity compensations, death pension and full burial benefits.
A lawsuit, however, was filed against the USVA by three Filipino veterans before a Federal Court in California a month ago.
Reports said the case was filed due to USVA's denial of the veterans' equity compensation of $15,000 despite their proven services during World War II. (Leyte Samar Daily Express)