DILG, DSWD told to help vets
By Joel Guinto
First Posted 14:17:00 02/20/2009
MANILA, Philippines — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has directed the social welfare and interior departments to help Filipino World War II veterans get their lump sum payment from the United States government and make sure that they don’t lose a single centavo, Malacañang said Friday.
At the same time, Press Secretary Cerge Remonde warned fixers against taking advantage of the veterans, most of who are in their 80s, who will be receiving $9,000 for fighting with American troops during the war.
“The directive of the President, especially to the DSWD [Department of Social welfare and Development] and the DILG [Department of Interior and Local Government] [is] to help the veterans process their papers,” Remonde said in an interview over radio station dwIZ.
“Dapat hindi makaltasan kahit isang singkong duling ang kanilang makukuhang benepisyo [They shouldn’t lose a single centavo of their benefits],” he added.
The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and the US embassy in Manila began processing the claims of the estimated 18,000 Filipino veterans on Thursday.
The $198-million lump sum for Filipino veterans was included in the economic stimulus package that US President Barack Obama signed into law on Tuesday [early Wednesday in Manila].
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