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The Quarterly Newsletter
VOLUME 4 ISSUE 2

of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office
SEPTEMBER 2011

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PVAO~ "An Exemplary IDR Agency," says Ombudsman PEFTOK Veterans Share their Korean War Experience Rep. Lani Mercado Assures Support to Veterans Agenda What Veterans Need to Know: Tot,11Administrative Dissbility (TAD) Pension

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PVAO- f~n Exemplary IDR Agency," says Ombudsman
"PVAO has a/ways been a source of pride - an exemplary agency that puts at its best the IDRdiscipline," said Atty. Rafael
G. Hipolito, the newly-assigned Resident Ombudsman for the Department of National Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines - Philippine Navy, and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office during a special Executive Committee (Execom) Meeting at the PVAO Conference Room on August 03, 2011. Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina welcomed Atty. Hipolito with an agency briefing to update him on the progress of the Integrity Development Action Plan (IDA?}~mplementa.tion 'andahe io.itiClWd reforms, particularly in organizational structure & distribution of tasks pursuant to the approved function-based plantilla of PVAO.. Prior to the briefing, Atty. Romeo S. Lazo, Deputy Administrator, introduced the division and section chiefs who are also members of the ExeCom. Atty. Hipolito is not really a newcomer in PVAO, having been a member of the Integrity team that helped the agency formulate its IDAP. Development Review (lOR)

Addressing the PVAO officials, Atty. Hipolito also said that he comes with marching orders from Ombudsman Conchita Carpio-Morales whose idea of eradicating corruption is "nipping it on the bud." A retired Justice of the Philippine Supreme Court, Ombudsman Carpio-Morales whose appointment to lead the constitutional body was announced during the July 2011 State of the Nation Address of Pres. Benigno C. Aquino III, identified as priority the drafting of terms of references for big ticket contracts involving public agencies to ensure that those projects will benefit the people. Atty. Hipolito thanked the PVAD Management for the warm reception and for walking him around PVAD's various office buildings after the briefing to familiarize him with the re-clusterlng of offices that has taken place. Admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1999, Atty. Hipolito continued his pursuit of higher learning in prestigious academic institutions such as the Asian Institute of Management and the University of Hongkong. The young and energetic Ombudsman finished his International Postgraduate Certificate Course in Corruption Studies in 2004 with Distinction. He first joined government service as a Legal Officer in the Department of Agriculture in 1997 before transferring to the Office of the Ombudsman in the year 2000. He was a member of the Drafting Committee on the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Anti- Red Tape Law. He was also part of the Philippine Delegation which drafted the Terms of Reference for the Implementation Review Mechanism of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAq Vienna Austria after which he served as an assessor in the Pilot Implementation Review of UNCAC, Bogota, Republic of Columbia. Atty. Hipolito succeeded Atty. Katherine C. Jambaro-Altubar who was also instrumental to the crafting of PVAD's IDAP. Atty. Kath has been reassigned to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where she would definitely share her wealth of experiences as an effective resident ombudsman. _

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Rep, Lani Mercado Assures Support to Veterans' Agenda
Lady legislator Lani Mercado-Revilla assured her support for legislative measures advancing veterans' welfare in the Congress during a flag-ceremony program last July 11,

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2011 at the PVAO Covered Court in consonance with the Gender and Development (GAD) plan being implemented by the agency. Rep. Mercado-Revilla was chosen by the PVAO-GAD Committee as its fourth GAD-vocate for her versatility as a legislator, a devoted spouse to Sen. 'Rarrron Bong" Re\irlla Jr. and a hands-on mother to her children and grand-children. She was preceded by Dr. Pilar H. de Ocampo, Atty. Anthonette V. Allones and former Rep. Riza HontiverosBaraquel, who were previously invited to inspire agency employees to nurture a gender-sensitive environment that protects and promotes the rights of both employees and clientele. The representative of Cavite's second district brought warmth to a gloomy Monday weather as she apprised the officers and employees of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office on her accomplishments as a law-maker. Her being a neophyte in a male-dominated Congress has not deterred her from actively joining 16 congressional committees in varying capacity as chairperson, vice-chairperson or member. To date, she has authored 35 bills and co-authored 75 bills of local and national significance, majority of which grants state protection and/pr benefits to the marginalized sectors of the society - the women, children and the elderly. Among the bills she co-authored was House Bill No. 4359, An Act Providing For The Payment Of The Total Administrative Disability Pension to Senior Veterans of Wars and Military Campaigns approved by the Lower House on May 31, 2011 and transmitted to the Senate on June 02, 2011. Jesusa Victoria Hernandez in real life, Rep. lani is a daughter of the late Maj. Vicente Lagrosa Hernandez and Old Age Pensioner Justa Garcia Hernandez. Her father was a USAFH veteran who continued serving in the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a member of the Philippine Constabulary. During the Sunset Ceremony at the libingan ng mga Bayani on April 11, 2011 this year, she accepted the Posthumous Award for Gallantry in Action conferred on her father by PVAO. After the program, Rep. Mercado-Revilla graciously stayed for photo-ops with agency employees and joined the members of the PVAO Executive Committee for an agency briefing at the PVAO Conference Room. _

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Our snappy alute veteran Reggie A. Nacua (utmost right, second row). Not only did he t submit his picture for PVAO's Revalidation Program, he even mobilized his fellow veterans [ o dress-up and gather for a souvenir photo for PVAO. Mr. Nacua is a \Xiorld War II veteran i and no" Iiv in an Diego, alifornia, USA. 1 The Revalidation Program is pan of the three-pronged program of PVAO in cleansing its ?E!!"'O!! 55t..1; requires the annual submission of Pensioner Update Form (pUF), latest photo 1 o::i:le pensioner, phorocopv of government-issued IDs, and other related documents. i

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Veterans Ernesto A. Venturina, Jovencio P. Dominguez, Faustino Tumamak and Francisco S. Tamondong of the is" and io" Battalion Combat Teams, Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) shared real-life battle experience in a symposium titled "Korean War: PEFTOK's Greatest Battles" on August 31, 2011 at the National Defense College of the Philippines auditorium. Organized to remember the valuable participation of the PEFTOK veterans during the Korean War from 1950-1953, three distinguished . orians also eachgave .a.Iectureon .selected . high Iigbts of .the Korean ~ War. Mr. Art Villasanta, son of the Korean War correspondent Johnny F. Villasanta, discussed "The Origins of the Korean War" followed by Professor Rico Jose of the University of the Philippines-Diliman on the "Battle of Yuldong," and Professor Janet Atutubo of the University of Santo Tomas who lectured on the "Battle of Hill Eerie." A well-mix of high school students, members of the academe, representatives from the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines, descendants of Korean War veterans, and the Korean War veterans themselves attended the symposium. An open forum facilitated by Dr. Evelyn A. Songco, President of the Philippine Historical Association ensued th ereafte r. Julito Velasco, Jr., a sophomore student of Quirino High School, shared his discovery during the symposium, "Hindi lang polo 50 bonsa fumalaban ang ating mgo sundalo. Ngayon ko lang nola man no tumutulong din palo tayo so ibang bansa ... Napatunayan ko ngoyon no matapang taloga ang Pilipino, inspirasyon ko ang mga beterano." Ms Disuanco, a social studies teacher of Jose P. Laurel National High School, said that the symposium was a "very meaningful activity," where participants had an "in-depth view of the Korean War. Pinapagtibay nita no buhay - mga totoong tao - ang ibinubuwis so giyera." Her student, Francis Jerimiah Manaog, a sophomore student of Jose P. Laurel National High School, already had plans on what he learned from the symposium: (fAng pinoko-importante kong natutunan dito so symposium ay love of country dahil ito ang kulang sa boyan natin ngayon eh. Mohal nifa ang country nila kayo hindi nila hahayaang bumagsak. Kailangang ipamahogi ito (aking mga natutunan) sa iba kong friends. We were given a wonderful opportunity to attend [the symposium], so dapat lang no i-share din namin ito sa iba." The symposium was organized by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and the PEFTOK Veterans Association, Inc. (PVAI) in cooperation with the Philippine Historical Association as part of a series of activities on the occasion of the 2011 Korean War Veterans of the Philippines Memorial Day. _

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His Excellency Hye Min Lee, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines, underscored the debt of gratitude the Korean people owes the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) during the Korean War which serves as the strong cornerstone in the bilateral relations between the two countries. In his speech during the 3ih Annual PVAI Convention held last September 7,2011 at the Philippine Army Officers Club, Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City, the Korean Ambassador assured not only the PEFTOKVeterans Association Incorporated (PVAI) but the Hllpinopeople ingeneralof Korea's full-support now and in the years to come. Citing that Korea is currently the largest trading partner of the Philippines and the third largest source of foreign investment, Ambassador lee also mentioned the gains both countries have sustained through economic and cultural partnership over the years. Meanwhile, Ms. Rosa Rosal, Governor of the Philippine National Red Cross who was the Guest of. Honor during the convention, encouraged every PEFTOKER continue the noble service they have to offered to the cou ntry when they were still at the prime' of their youth. With the theme, "Commitment to a Culture of Integrity," Ms. Rosal's presence made the PEFTOKERs re-live their days when they were sent to defend the South Koreans from the insurgencies of North Korea. "Even if we are old, we can still make a difference. And if before, I did not think twice of serving the country during the Korean War, I would not think twice of doing the same today if there is a need for me to serve the country again, said the PNRCGovernor, After the message, the Korean ambassador with Hon. Cho Yungkil, Adviser of Korean War Memorial Foundation and Former Korean Minister of National Defense, led the awarding of scholarship grants to elementary, high school, and college students, Incentives were also given to scholars that garnered high grades. Before the convention, a wreath laying ceremony was also held at the Korean War Memorial Pylon at the libingan ng rnga Bayani. It was led by Hen. Eduardo G, Batac, Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans, and Reserve Affairs of the Department of National ..""'"_~ Defense as the guest of honor and speaker and Col. Ki.mYi Kon, South Korean Defense Attache to the Philippines. _
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PVAO, in cooperation with PVAI, was successfully and meaningfully held the "PEFTOK Cup Open Golf Tournament" last September 3, 2011 at the Veterans Golf Club in VMMC as part of the commemorative activities of the 2011 Korean War Veterans in the . Philippines Memorial Day. As anticipated, the said tournament drew the support and participation of noted veterans and sports aficionados such as former President Fidel V. Ramos, Sec. Eduardo t, IErmita, See. Renata S. de Villa, USee. Eduardo G, Batac, Chairman Jose P. Magno Jr., and other retired officers. Several officials and dignitaries from South Korea also ,.c~,..".....~~ trended the tournament with His Excellency Ambassador lye Min Lee, who performed the ceremonial tee-off. The proceeds of the PEFTOK Cup Golf Tournament, '. rhich amounted to PSOO,OOO, was immediately turned. ver by PVAO Administrator to Col. Paterno Viloria, PVAI resident. This will support PVAI's educational scholarship nd medical outreach programs to veterans and their deendents. _

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The Confederation of World War II Veterans' Sons and Daughters, Inc. (CONVETS SDAI) recently inducted its new set of officers last September 16, 2011 at the PVAO Conference Room. PVAQ Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina personally led the oath taking ceremony, which formally installed the following officers: Mr. Jaime U. Ingay as President, Mr. Pedro S. Molina as Vice President, Mr. Rosalino M. Crabantes as Secretary; Mr. Regie Gacayan as Treasurer; Mr. Jan Francis Ingay as Auditor, and Mr. Edgar B. Gacayan as Sgt. at Arms. A new Board of Directors were likewise inducted, namely; Ms. Priscilla M. Jalandoon, Ms. Victoria Molina, Mr. Gary Francisco, Ms. Lydia Abando, Ms. Salvacion Vasquez, and Ms. Florentina 'P. Awisi. CONVETS is one of the chartered members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines under RA 2640 and is now under the leadership of Cmdr. Roberto Gacayan. Meanwhile, the CONVETS SDAI is an affiliate organization of CONVETS founded on June 5, 2011. Expressing their full confidence in PVAO as the primary agency that manages veterans affairs, CONVETS SDAI welcomed the assistance of PVAO in officially instating its new breed of leaders, in accordance to its amended constitution, which states that "The Governing Body shall. ..elect among themselves the National Officers of the Organization and include its Members the President of the Auxiliary and the President of the Sons and Daughters.".

Leaders Young and Old-CONVETS SDAI (above) and CONVETS (below) took their oath of office.

PVAO Bulletin is published quarterly by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office.
For comments, questions, or reactions, you may write to: Section at pvao.publicaffairs@yahoo.com and pvao_oa@yahoo.com. PVAO Strategic Communications

WHAT VETERANS NEED TO KNOW:
Total Administrative Disability Pension

Our veterans have served the country during the prime and vigor of their youth. Now, as they age, their physical condition has naturally dwindled over the years-not to mention the medical disability that resulted from sickness, disease, wounds, or lnjurles they sustained in line of duty. Hence the State, in recognition of thei r highly va lua ble service to the country, has provided for a Total Administrative Disability (TAD) pension. However, while RA 7696 was ratified on 1994, it did not identify the source of funding; hence, no appropriations had been provided for TAD Pension. This resulted in a huge outlay required to pay the accumulated obligations, which reached P25.0 B. The Congress conducted several hearings to find ways and means to fund this huge requirement. When P170M was finally appropriated in the General Appropriations Act of 2010 to be able to partially pay TAD arrears, Joint Circular No. 2010-1 dated April 1, 2010 between the Department of National Defense (DND) and Department of Budget Management (DBM) specified that initial TAD payments shall only be for living/surviving World War II veterans. For FY 2011, the amount of P50D,289,600 has been appropriated for TAD. Hence, WWII veterans are now receiving their monthly pension of P1,700. Given the guidelines in above-cited Joint Circular, the priority for future TAD Payments will be as follows:

What is the Total Administrative Disability Pension? The Total Administrative Disability (TAD) pension is stipulated in RA7696 Section 2 (h): a veteran, with or without a service-connected or nonservice connected disabiiity, upon reaching the age of seventy (70) is deemed totally disabled with one hundred per centum (100%) rating and shall be entitled to a monthly pension of One thousand seven hundred pesos (Pl,lOO.OO) plus Five hundred pesos (P500.00) for the spouse and each unmarried minor children."
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As such, payments have been made based on the priority list. While PVAO understands and greatly empathizes with the veterans regarding the need for the immediate payment of TAD pension, PVAO strictly adheres to the guidelines provided by the DBM. PVAO assures those who are entitled to TAD that the government continues to find ways and means to be able to pay all the TAD claims to include those for eligible deceased veterans .
P 4,036,429,000

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LIST FOR TAD Payments Living WWII Veterans Living Post WWIIIAFP Veterans 80 yrs old and above Living Post WWIIIAFP Veterans 70-79 years old TAD Arrears for Eligible Deceased Veterans Total Remaining Arrears

P 1,301,356,800 P 978,792,000 P 14,308,962,000 P 20,625,540,700

For questions on TAD and other pension-benefits, the veterans and their legal dependents may get in touch with us at the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City (or any nearest PVAO FSEO)or email us at support@pvao.mil.ph or text us by typing PVAO<space>message and send to 2920 .•

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Regional Vice President, warmly welcomed the valuable assistance rendered by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office team during the Joint VFP and the Sons & Daughters Association Inc. Regional Assembly last August 27, 2011 at the Grand Astoria Hotel, Zamboanga City. Leading the team was Lt. Gen. Ernesto G. Carolina, AFP (Ret.), PVAO Administrator, who personally guided the presentation of an agency briefing on veterans benefits and services, distribution of information materials to veterans & their beneficiaries and the public assistance booth that accommodated queries and status verification on claims and

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legislation and related advocacies in the lower house. She also read the speech of Hen. Rodolfo G. Biazon, Chairman of the Committee on National Defense and Security in the House of Representatives, who was the assembly's guest of honor and speaker. Rep. : Biazon was not able to join the veterans in the assembly due to prior

thanked the veterans for their significant contributions to the community. He also led the delegates in singing of Zamboanga's hymn. Describing the VFP Zamboanga Assembly as one of the most well-attended gatherings of veterans he has ever seen, Administrator Carolina expressed gladness upon seeing familiar faces of retired and active officers and enlisted personnel from the Southern Command (now Western Mindanao Command), where the Administrator served as Commanding General whose many accomplishments included the successful military campaign against international terrorist groups and local insurgents. The Administrator also noted the peculiar composition of the VFP Region 9 that has active AFP officers and enlisted personnel as associate members. RVP Pacio and Deputy RVP Raul Roldan confirmed this and said that the key to the dynamism of the VFP Region 9 is the infusion of members from the AFP. As of August 27, 2011, statistics from the Management Information Division reveals that there are only 364 living World War II veterans in the entire region out of 10,268 active pensioners. A day before the assembly, the Administrator's party also assisted in the medical outreach to veterans and their dependents at the VFP Region IX Headquarters in Petitt Barracks, Zamboanga City wherein over 200 patients were consulted by volunteer doctors and given prescribed medicines. The Administrator also distributed wheelchairs and adjustable canes to veterans pre-identified by the PVAO Field Service Extension Office No. 9 - Zamboanga City .•

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- President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Pagdiriwang ng Araw ng mga Bayani, 29 Agosto 2011

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Veterans, and Reserve Affairs (USCVRA) and OIC of the Office for Public Affairs under the Department of National Defense. Not entirely new to DND, USec. Batac used to be the department's spokesperson. He is part of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class '68 and obtained a Military Pilot Training in the Philippine Air Force Flying School. He also holds a Master of Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Ma-nagement under Washington Sycip Scholarship Grant. l:J$ec. Batac is considered as an expert when 'it comes to civil aviation. He was instrumental in -regaining for the country the Category 1 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States o+Amertca during the tim~e of Gen. Charlie Tanega. He represented the country to aviation bilateral talks to different countries like China, South Korea, Japan, member-countries of the European Union, and other international organizations like FAA and International Civil Aviation Organization (lCAO). He was the Director of Flight Standards Inspectorate Service of the Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines (CAAP) and head of the CAAP Acceptance Team of Boeing 777 in Seattle, Washington, USA. Not known to many, USee. Batac is a son of the late Brigadier General Gonzalo L. Batac, a veteran of the United States Armed Forces in the Philippines-Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL). Gen. Batac was a graduate of PMA Class '43, also known as the "Perennial Cows," as this batch of PMAers were given the rank of 3rd Lieutenant during an emergency graduation held when the war broke out. Gen. Batac was deployed in Bataan and was captured along those who suffered in the Death March. During that time, Gen. Batac was already wounded in the neck when he was shot by a shrapnel from a mortar. His condition turned out to be a blessing as he was able to escape when he pretended to be dead. He later retired as the Commanding General of the First Military Area (presently NOLCOM). His sustained battle wound later caused his left arm to be paralyzed until he died in 1993 at the age of 73. Although his father never talked about his experiences during war time, USec. Batac recognizes that his "personal affiliation" with his father's colleagues, most of whom he met during his father's tour of duty, has greatly influenced how he carries out his duties as a public servant. During the agency briefing conducted by PVAO at the start of his appointment, USec. Batac enjoined the officials of PVAO to intensify its information campaign in appraising the public, particularly the veterans and their legal dependents, on the administration of veterans pensions and benefits. _
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On June 3, 1938, Philippine Legislature Act 2756 was repealed by Commonwealth Act 288, which created a "Board of Pensions for Veterans" under the Department of Interior. This is the first agency mandated to provide pensions for veterans of the past Philippine Revolution or wars, including the revolutionary soldiers of General Emilio Aguinaldo. Subsequently, Republic Act No. 65 was passed on October 18, 1946, creating the Philippine Veterans Board under the Department of National Defense. This .;_.,_ ........... Act created the Filipino Veterans Bill of Rights which granted educational
This photo dated October 1967 shows the PYA employees in Arroceros. Manila.

A series of legislation on veterans'

benefits, disability, and death pensions as well as veterans preference in civil service examinations. benefits and benefits administration later saw the birth of such other bodies as

Veterans Claims Commission, Veterans Backpay Commission and the Philippine Veterans Administration until September 1972 when they were finally merged into one agency - the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office under the Department of National Defense. _

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LEA ROSEMARY V. lIBAN Chief Administrative Officer

Ms. Lea is presently the chief of Plans and Management Division (PMDJ. She was the director of the Policy Research Office of the Development Academy of the Philippines (DAP). Ms. Lea holds a master's degree in Rublic Administration from the University of the Philippines and finished cum laude at the National CenterforPublic Administration and'Govetnance (NCPAG) - UP Dilimat'l.

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QARWIN M. CAMPO Shrine Curator II

Darwin used to work for various electronics and communication companies abroad. Now, returning to his hometown in Torku; Darwin is the shrine curator of Capas National Shrine.
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PVAO Chorale was among the top 12 finalists that qualified for the said competition night. The other finalists, were: Phlllppine Ports Authority Chorale, East Avenue Medical Center Chorale, Central luzon State University Administration Choir, Bureau of Quarantine Chorale, Dangal ng Lungsod Batangan Chorale, POEA Chorale, Pag-ibig Fund Chorale, National Power Chorale, City Government of Makati Employees Choir, Professional Regulations Commission Chorale, and PAGCOR Voice Symphony. Each choir sang three songs, including their own rendition of the competition song, within a span of 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the PVAO Running Team likewise successfully finished the 3K and 5K run also organized by the last September 4, 2011 at the CCP Grounds. Dubbed as "R.A.C.E. to Serve" Fun Run, almost 3,000 government employees participated in the said event, which aims to promote physical fitness among government employees. The run was also enthusiastically supported by no other than His Excellency Vice President Jejomar C. Binay.

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The Veteran is Worth Caring For by Col. Vic S. Santos, Jr. (Ret.)
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has always been the primary advocacy of PVAO to propagate and make known the heroic deeds of our veterans. Below are some of the publications undertaken by PVAO:

The War in Korea by BGen. Victorino T. Azada (Ret.)
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Administration

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Non~Pension Benefits: Pension Benefits: Old Age Pension Educational Benefit Disability Pension Veterans Preference Death Pension Tota I Ad min ist rat i ve Disabi Iitv

Hospitalization and Medical Services • In-patient & Outpatient Medical Services at the
VETERANSMEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER • In-patient treatment/hospitalization discount of P800/day in accredited government hospitals nationwide

Preservation & Promotion of Veterans} Legacy
• Management of 7 shrines (Mt. Samst Shrine, Bantayog sa Kiangan, Ricarte Shrine, Balantang Shrine, Capas National Shrine, USAFIP-NL Monument, Libingan ng Mga Bayani) • Conduct of historical research & activities to perpetuate the memory & propagate the heroic legacy of our veterans

Management

of Veterans Affairs

Supervision of veterans' organizations, strengthening their internal affairs, and building inter-organization alliance to foster cooperation within the Filipino veterans community

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17 Original VFPCharter Members/ Organizations Pursuant to
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Associacion de los Veteranos de la Revolucion AFP Retired Veterans Association (AFPREVAJ Defenders of Bataan and Corregtdor (DBC) Eastern Luzon Guerilla Veterans Asscciation (ELGVA) Filipino-American lrregular Veterans Legion Hunters ROTC Association PEF1'OK Veterans Association Philippine Veterans USAFIP-NL Confederation Legion (CO"NVETS) Troops (FAIT)

Filipino Disabled Veterans Association

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Gold Star Mothers and United War Widows and Orphans Association of the Philippines' Philippine Association of War Widows, Parents, and Orphans' Magsaysay Veterans Legion Philippine National Guard Veterans Legion Philippine Naval Veterans Legion United Disabled Vercrans Associaticn of the Philippines
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A "Veterans' Dialogue" between 1 veterans' organization, PVAO and major stakeholders was held last July 5, 2011 at ·1 the Main Restaurant of the AFP CommisJ sioned Officers' Club in Camp Aguinaldo, I Quezon City to revitalize the Filipino J veterans' community. I Prominent for his advocacy on veterI ans' welfare, Hen. Rodolfo G. Biazon, . 1 Chairman of the House Committee on National Defense Security in the ~5th Congress, 1 was invited to grace the event and discuss matters relevant to pending legislation on veterans' concerns. "There can be no moment of honor and gran· deur to freedom-loving Filipinos than c Veterans' Dialogue that we are having now,' said Justice Manuel Pamaran as he delivered the opening remarks forthe said event. The meeting was well-represented b} various chartered veterans' organizations un· der the Veterans Federation of the Philippines _."""' . _. (VFP), affiliated organizations & associations

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Retired BGen. De Leon airs his reaction to a question raised during the open forum.

VFP-MfiJiated Organizations
Kampilan Peacekeepers Association, Tnc. (KPAll AllIanc:e for the iAmelt£)l'atitlll e;f V~~e:rans and Fcnmer Policernen arrd Reservtsts CAAVFP) Association of Retired Military Officers and, Personnel for Unity T e bast Watering Hole Fraternal Organization of 8.0'1'(;, Reservists, and Veterans (FORVE'TIS) Filipino War'Veterans Foundattcn, (F!L\!ETS) Inc. ""ssoeia~Lo(:}lofGenerals'and Flqg IDfflc:ers {AGED) The Association uf Widows', lRelath,es, ana iIilw)cates of Equality (f<WARE0
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of veterans' sons & daughters. Participants in the dialogue thankec

I Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina and the newly-created Veterans Affairs ManagemE!n1 I Division (VAMD) for organizing the dialogue which they described as a "good venue" fOI II veterans to express their concerns and ask questions on various issues affecting the
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I benefits of their members. The dialogue was I likewise a suitable time to apprise the veterans
~ of the continuous efforts of the present ~ administration in improving the welfare ofthe ~ Filipino veterans' community. I Mr. John Maglalang, representative Rep. Rodolfo Biazon, said he was very pleased I with the turn-out of the dialogue. He ...

Leaders of vererons' organizations discuss (.mong themselves before the dialogue 5101'ts.

Peacekeepers Veterans Confederation of the PhifiJlpines, Inc, Baslness, ndustry and Retired; Cavaliers, Inc, (BIRe!) Cavalier Association of Veterans PMA Foundation, InG. (PMAFI) PMM Educational Foundation, Inc. (PETFf) PMA Alumni Association, Inc. (PMAAAl)

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requested the VAMD Secretariat for a copy of the questions raised by the participants for Rep. Biazon's information. Mr. Ma9lalan~ I confirmed that there will be a Veterans' Dialogue-Part 2 to be hosted by Rep. Biazor \ wherein leaders of various veterans organizations will again be invited. _

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Veterans' Updates dedicates this issue to the common aspirations of the Filipino vetera community in upholding the democratic way of life-not only for the interest of all Filipi veterans - but more so, in shaping a legacy of heroism and love of country that will serve as beacon for the present and future generations. i!ii1iiiiiiiiiii"ii!jiiiiOiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiijiijiiiiiiiiiiiiiin

The National Directorate Officers of the Philippine Veterans Legion (PVL) led by Prof. Teodoro P. Calica and Capt. Marlon Z. Dantes as National Commander and Vice National Commander, respectively, were sworn in on August :l8, 20n at the Lakambini Room of the AFP Commissioned Officers Club, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City. PVL Sons and Daughters International officers also took their oath of office administered by PVAO Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina. The others who were also inducted are Mr. William G. Pasiwen (Deputy Nat'l Crnmdr-Luzon), Mr. Avelino Martin (Deputy Nat'l Commdr-Visayas), Mr. Ricardo B. Madayag (Deputy Nat'l Commdr -Mindanao), Mr. Pobleo Capito (Nat'l Dir. -Luzon), Mr. Roberto Gacayan (Nat'l Dir. -Visayas), Mr. Jose Apolinario (Nat'l Dir. -Mindanao), Mr. Manuel Reyes (Nat'l Adjutant), Mr. Pablo O. Valdez (Nat'l Treasurer), Mr. Arcadio Gonzales (Nat'l Inspector) & Atty. Ricardo Higwit (Nat'l Judge Advocate). Their Sons & Daughters counterparts are Estela Mandap (Nat'l Pres.), Milagros Valdez (Nat'l VP), Eduardo Liban (Secretary), Palma Dizon (Treasurer), Japakar Aribaw (Auditor), Mercy Dalinyag (Nat'l Liaison Officer), Sixto Ramos Jr. (Sgt. At Arms). Last July 29, 2011, the PVL national directorate held their elections at the PVAO Conference Room, to decide who among them would succeed the post vacated by the late Atty. Salvador Princesa as National Commander, and elect their other officers. Recognizing PVAO's role in managing veterans affairs, PVL members welcomed the PVAO's assistance through its newly-created Veterans Affairs Management Division. Mr. Edgardo D. Castro, Chief, personally led his staff who supervised the elections to ensure honest, fair & orderly procedures in accordance with existing PVL By-Laws. Under the PVAO Rationalization Plan, VAMD is also tasked to conduct regular sectoral surveys & advocacy programs that truly represent the aspirations, desires, & sentiments of veterans & their families. It works towards the vision of the Defense Secretary Voltaire T. VAMD Chief Edgar Castro addresses the members of Gazmin in positioning the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) as an um brella the PVL national directorate prior to the elections. organization that will harmonize all veterans groups into a unified veterans community .•

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To make their Founding Anniversary celebration hip, trendy and remarkable, senior ,. veterans of the AFP Retired Veterans Association (AFPREVA) organized and led a Fun Run dubbed, "Takbo, Beteranong Pilipino" last August 5, :lOU at the AFP GHQ Grandstand, with no lessthan former President Fidel V. Ramos as the guest of honor. AFPREVA is a group of retirees from the Armed Forces of the Philippines organized to provide assistance & support to servicemen & their families in claiming pension & other ~"_''1 benefits upon their separation from the active service. Throughout the years, it has served its purpose of helping its members facilitate benefits from welfare agencies and financial institutions such as the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), AFP-Finance Center & Pension Gratuity Management Center (PGMC), among others. A lifetime member of AFPREVA, PFVRexcitedly supported the fun run that commenced at SAM. He helped assemble the veterans, widows & children of deceased veterans and other guests. He also headed the warm-up exercises & drills prior to the fun run. PFVRwas assisted by AFPREVA'sable officers headed by ... --------------. their President, Col. Simplicio Duque and Vangie Barba, the event organizer. Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina headed the PVAO participants who joined the three~ kilometer-run & five-kilometer-run events. Also present were participants from the uniformed service including the Philippine Navy, Philippine Army, Philippine Navy, Philippine Coastguard, Philippine Marines and the Philippine National Police. MERALCO, the corporate sponsor in the event; was also represented by its employees who enthusiastically joined the activity for physical fitness, team-bonding & to relieve stress from daily business routine. Winners in both events went home with medals and cash prizes. _

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