Friday, 6 July 2007

Families of AFP battle casualties and wounded men given President's financial assistance

FRIDAY, JULY 6, 2007 | GOVERNMENT MANAGEMENT
Full report at Gov.Ph News
http://www.gov.ph/news/?i=18083

They lost their loved ones in military battle but the Office of the President is not leaving them alone in their grief.

The Office of the Presidential Adviser on Military Affairs (OPAMA) awarded today cash assistance of P100,000 each to the legal surviving spouses/parents of 14 battle casualties of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and gave P20,000 to P50,000 each to 10 soldiers wounded in action form 2004 to 2006.

The Special Financial Assistance (SFA) totaling P1.73 million for the 14 widows/parents and 10 soldiers came from the President’s Social Fund (PSF). The checks were handed to the beneficiaries at the Executive Secretary’s Hall at the top floor of the Mabini Hall in Malacanang by Maj. Gen. Arturo Carillo (ret.), the presidential adviser on military affairs (PAMA).

Carillo, a member of the Philippine Military Academy Class of 1968, said it is the OPAMA’s duty to pinpoint the legal claimants of such assistance that was earlier authorized by President Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo to alleviate the grief of AFP battle casualties and survivors.

Aside from the P100,000 cash assistance, surviving families of the AFP personnel killed in action (KIA) are also given a house and lot package worth P180,000.

Those wounded in action (WIA), on the other hand, are classified into those who suffered "major" or "minor" wounds, and given financial assistance of P50,000 and P20,000 each respectively. Major wounds include amputations and blindness suffered during battle.

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