Senate approval of pension raise for war veterans elates Bataan Cong Roman
The passage early this week by the Senate of a measure to increase the monthly pension of Filipino veterans who fought during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars has thrilled Bataan congresswoman Geraldine Roman.
The lawmaker representing the 1st District of Bataan at the House of Representatives said Friday that her bill, which was adopted by the Senate after its approval in the lower chamber, has finally passed inthe upper House.
“I am more than pleased to say that the Senate, which adopted my bill when it passed the House, has finally APPROVED it!” Roman said.
Senate Bill No. 1677, titled ‘An Act Increasing the Monthly Old-Age Pension of Senior Veterans,’ and introduced by Sen. Gregorio “Gringo” Honasan II, passed the 3rd and Final Reading last Tuesday, Oct. 9.
It raises the P5,000 monthly pension of senior veterans, or those who fought during the WWII and the Korean and Vietnam wars, to P20,000.
“One of the first things that I did upon being elected to Congress was to file a bill that aims to increase the pension of senior veterans from 5,000 pesos to to 20,000 pesos,” Roman said.
She notes that 5,000 pesos “was never enough to cover their daily expenses and skyrocketing medical bills.”
“Upping their monthly pension to 20,000 pesos, after all that they have sacrificed for us and for our country, is the least that we can do for our heroes,” Roman said.
She said that once President Rodrigo Duterte signs the measure into law, “our senior veterans will finally get the long overdue additional help that they deserve.”
“I have always had great love and respect for our military heroes.Those who fought in World War II, Korea and Vietnam deserve to live with dignity,” she said.
“My only regret is that they waited this long.”(END)
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