- Written by LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato
- Category: News and Updates
- Published: 07 March 2018
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SAN JOSE, Antique - The bereaved family of 1Lt Jarren Jay C. Relota of Brgy. 3, San Jose, Antique was visited by DILG personnel led by DILG Asst. Regional Director Maria Calpiza J. Sardua together with San Jose Municipal Mayor Elmer C. Untaran last February 7, 2018 to discuss the Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) for AFP soldiers who were killed in action. 1Lt Relota died in an encounter with the NPA members in Sitio Quiambao, Brgy. Mapula, Paquibato District, Davao City on January 25, 2018.
Different government agencies are on board in providing a CSBP for the dependents of soldiers and policemen who were either killed or wounded in action or in police operations (KIA-WIA/KIPO-WIPO) in the Marawi incident and other government operations. The DILG and the Department of the National Defense (DND) jointly lead in the implementation of the CSBP in response to President Duterte’s standing order to extend all the possible assistance that could be provided to the dependents of fallen or wounded soldiers and policemen. The CSBP covers the members of the AFP and PNP who were either killed or wounded in action or during government operations since July 2016 to present.
Former DILG-OIC Catalino Cuy said that the DILG targets to accommodate a number of qualified beneficiaries and commits to assist the dependents of our fallen heroes.
The government will provide a special financial assistance of up to P500,000 from the Office of the President and other benefits for police officers and soldiers killed or wounded in action during operations. 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.
Those wounded in action or operation with total permanent physical disability will get P250,000 while those with major and minor injuries will get P100,000.
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.
The beneficiaries of 1Lt Relota will also get shelter assistance in a form of a housing unit grant or construction of new house in owned lot or in a PNP/AFP housing project site amounting to P450,000 or house repair amounting to P100,000; health care assistance through coverage of premiums of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth); medical assistance for hospitalization provided by the Department of Health (DOH) for qualified beneficiaries of those killed or wounded; and educational assistance through annual stipends for up to two beneficiaries not covered by existing programs or scholarship through SUCs from kindergarten up to college level. (LGOO II Judy Mae Magdato, DILG6)