LUNA, La Union - The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO
) is calling for the inclusion of the heroism of Filipino soldiers in Bessang Pass and other World War II battles in the region as a subject in school.
Administrator Lt.Gen.Ernesto Carolina urged the incoming 18th Congress to consider his proposals such as instilling love of country through 1) infrastructure building by investing in the maintenance and rehabilitation of forgotten historic World War II shrines, 2) putting up of a new deck for World War II studies at Mount Samat, and 3) allocate two periods in a year just like in the U.S.
Due to deteriorating health, an average of 295 veterans die every month, the PVAO
said as it provides support for their welfare and families.
At the 74th anniversary of the "Battle of Bessang Pass," General Carolina led the formal opening and blessing of the newly- constructed administration building of PVAO
inside the shrine of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines North Luzon (USAFIP-NL) National Military Shrine at Camp Spencer, Barangay Darigayos, Luna, La Union.
Carolina assured that Pvao
has sufficient funds to meet the amount needed for the pension hike.
COA directed PVAO
to hold liable officials and employees involved in the processing and payment of monthly pensions to deceased pensioners.
However, Carolina stressed during a press briefing at the MSB Conference Room, PVAO
Compound at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City that no funds are missing on their pensioner's fund.
During the hearing, Undersecretary and PVAO
Administrator Ernesto Carolina recalled that when the proposal to raise the Old-Age pension for war veterans was originally filed several years ago, there were more than 18,000 senior veterans.
But Ernesto Carolina, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO
) administrator, said it was more than enough that the agency discovered the existence of the PAC through Vallejo, a daughter of a war veteran.
There's also a rule that senior citizens with pensions from Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO
), or other insurance companies are not qualified to avail.
The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO
) uploaded the GURF on its website, enabling heirs like Reagan, as well as historians and students, to access information without going to Washington or the US National Archives and Records Administration.
Carolina, AFP (ret), Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO
) administrator, said this victory is only known by few with only three books written about it.