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Veterans Affairs Office assures benefits to pensioners, dependents in ZamPen

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Apr 26 (PIA) – The Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) assures delivery of service and programs to all veterans in the Philippines as part of paying tribute to their heroism.

PVAO-9 records more than 11,000 veteran pensioners including the veteran dependents who also receive the monthly benefits from the government. Pension benefits include Old Age Pension, which is P20,000 monthly for senior veterans and P5,000 for post-war veterans and may be availed on the 65th birthday or death of the veteran.

Disability Pension for disabled veterans who have been discharged from duty due to disease, wounds, or injuries sustained in the line of duty, the rate of which depends on the extent of disability. Further, the beneficiaries of deceased veterans may also receive a Death Pension worth P1,000 per month, while veterans at the age of 70 are considered totally disabled and, as such, are entitled to P1,700 monthly under the Total Administrative Disability (TAD) Pension.

Moreover, non-pension benefits include educational assistance to direct descendants, burial assistance, and the VMHCP or the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) Hospitalization and Medical Care Program.

Each veteran is entitled to one educational benefit of not more than P40,000 per year for any four-year college course, while burial assistance of P20,000, with the Philippine Flag to drape the casket of the deceased veteran, may be availed but must be filed within two years from the veteran’s death.

PVAO-9 conducts annual revalidation of pensioners list to assure that everyone will be able to receive their benefits. The office delivers the benefits amidst the pandemic and also conducts house to house activity to provide the services to the pensioners especially to those who were unable to visit their offices.

Veterans and their beneficiaries can contact the PVAO in Zampen with their concerns through contact numbers, (062) 984-0378 or 09774926028. “The PVAO is here to assure the well-being of our veterans and to provide fast and better services for them,” Christine Alegro of PVAO Zamboanga said. (RVC/EDT/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)

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Myra Cel Espinosa

Information Officer III

Region 9

Myra Espinosa is an Information Officer of the Philippine Information Agency Region IX.  She writes news and feature stories for the agency's website and social media platforms. She is currently the program host of Kapihan na Zamboanga Public Briefing, as well as a news contributor for PTV News. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration Major in Organization and Management from Western Mindanao State University.

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