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Higher benefits OKd for Taguig WWII veterans

/ 12:01 AM February 26, 2015

The Taguig City government has increased the benefits it extends to veteran officers of World War II and granted a monthly allowance to bona fide war veterans residing in the city. Mayor Lani Cayetano made this announcement during the Feb. 23 rites marking the 70th anniversary of Taguig’s liberation from Japanese forces. A series of ordinances recently approved by the city council granted the increases in recognition of the veterans’ sacrifices during the war. “We should reflect on the heroism of these few good Filipinos who stood their ground for the sake of our freedom. It has been a while since their monthly allowance had been increased and now is the time to increase the financial assistance being given to them by the City of Taguig,” Cayetano said in a statement. Under Ordinance No. 53, Series of 2014, which was approved in December, a veteran with a position of district commander in the Veterans Federation of the Philippines-Taguig-Pateros will receive P7,000 monthly, from the previous P2,000; the vice commander will get P6,500, from the previous P1,500; and P6,000, from the previous P1,000 for the concurrent secretary, clerk or post commanders. For living WWII veterans residing in Taguig, the local government granted a monthly allowance of P5,000 for those listed in the official roster. Under Ordinance No. 54, meanwhile, the council raised the burial assistance for recognized veterans and their spouses to P20,000, from the previous P10,000. Under Ordinance No. 55, the monthly honorarium of Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) personnel in the Taguig-Pateros district will now be P1,500, from the previous P500.

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