Interior dept prepares social benefit program

MANILA-- The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) is preparing a social benefit program for military and police personnel killed and wounded in action.

"We have already drafted the proposed Comprehensive Social Benefits Program for the AFP (Armed Forces of the Philippines) and PNP (Philippine National Police) who are either victims of KIA-WIA (killed or wounded in action). However, we are still waiting for the comments and approval of (Interior) Secretary (Ismael) Sueno before we can present it to our counterpart in the defense department," DILG Undersecretary Emily Padilla said in a release issued Wednesday.

She noted that the social program, which will recognize casualties of legitimate operations from July, 1, 2016, will include basic assistance for policemen and members of the command service, such as financial, shelter and health care support.

"The victims and their dependents will receive assistance from 16 other agencies of the national government that will later be identified once the agreement has been signed and formalized," Padilla said.

She added that the program is part of the government's recognition of the uniformed personnel's service to the country.

The KIA-WIA program has been operating in principle since August 2016 while waiting for the creation of the Project Management Office, Padilla said. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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