- Written by LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 18 July 2017
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CULASI, Antique - The bereaved family of Sgt. Cris Yap Lorenzo of Brgy., Camansijan, Culasi, Antique was visited by DILG personnel together with Culasi Municipal Mayor Jose Jeffrey E. Lomugdang last July 4, 2017 to discuss the comprehensive social benefits program for AFP soldiers who were killed in action. Sgt. Lorenzo was killed during the military operations in Marawi last June 26, 2017.
As per memo by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) signed by former Secretary Ismael D. Sueno, the DILG and the Department of the National Defense (DND) will jointly lead in the implementation of the comprehensive social benefits program in collaboration with other implementing agencies in response to President Duterte’s recurring directives in cognizance of the dedication and service of the police and soldiers to the country.
The government will provide financial assistance of up to P500,000 and other benefits for police officers and soldiers killed or wounded in action or operations. The Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) for Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) and Philippine National Police (PNP) personnel killed or wounded in action was rolled out by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of National Defense (DND), in cooperation with the Office of the President (OP) and supporting agencies. The first tranche of P250,000 (killed in action) shall be given upon completion of required documents and the other half shall be released upon completion of required trainings or submission of livelihood project proposals.
The DILG shall organize the conduct of required trainings by the BSP, TESDA, DTI and DOLE. A home visitation will be conducted by the DSWD to the beneficiaries to assess their socio-economic condition and identify appropriate livelihood projects. The DILG will coordinate with the beneficiaries and NGAs to assist them for employment in local government units and other NGAs. Mayor Lomugdang also agreed to hire one of the siblings of Sgt. Lorenzo in the local government unit of Culasi for any available qualified position.
Those wounded in action or operation with total permanent physical disability will get P250,000. Those with major and minor injuries will get P100,000.
The beneficiaries of Sgt. Lorenzo will also get shelter assistance in a form of a housing unit grant or construction of new house in own lot or house repair; health care assistance through coverage of premiums of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth); maintenance medicines provided by the Department of Health for qualified beneficiaries of those killed or wounded; and educational assistance through annual stipends for other beneficiaries not covered by existing programs or scholarship through SUCs. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6-Antique)