By Aaron Recuenco
The government’s move to increase the pension of World War II veterans will encourage the youth to follow their sacrifices and heroic deeds for the country, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said Saturday.
Lorenzana was reacting to the signing of a law that increases the monthly pension of the World War II veterans, as well as those who participated in the Korean and Vietnam wars.
“The Department of National Defense welcomes the passage of Republic Act (RA) 11164 increasing the old age pension of World War II, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans from P5,000 to P20,000,” said Lorenzana.
“The old law covering our war veterans’ pension, Republic Act No. 6948 as amended by Republic Act No. 7696, was enacted more than 20 years ago, and the amount provided is already insufficient to sustain the needs of our senior veterans,” he added.
President Duterte signed it into law following a legislative push to have the war veteran’s monthly pension increased in order to cope with the increase in cost of living, particularly on the aspect of food and medicine.
Those who participated in the World War II, Korean and Vietnam wars are either dead or already senior citizens.
Notable among the Korean War veterans, for instance, is former president Fidel Ramos who remains fit despite old age and even joined the 68th anniversary of the Korean War last year.
Legislators argued that the increase in monthly pension is not all about money but a way of honoring and paying back, in the government’s own little way, the sacrifices and heroism they showed.
“We would thus like to thank our legislators and the national leadership for giving our senior veterans what is due them,” said Lorenzana.
“This is one way by which a grateful Filipino nation honors our veterans’ sacrifices and heroic deeds, thereby encouraging the Filipino youth to follow their footsteps as defenders, leaders, and patriots,” he added.