The government will give cash rewards of up to P500,000 and other benefits for police officers and soldiers killed or wounded in action or operations in a move aimed at boosting the morale of the country’s law enforcers.
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.
In his message at the launching of the program at the Atrium Hotel in Pasay City, DILG Secretary Ismael D. Sueno called on soldiers and policemen to be brave in carrying out their duties from the barangay level upwards.
“As long as you follow the rule of law, and follow the oath of your office, I repeat what the President has said: ‘Huwag kayong matakot, I will support you,’” Sueno said.
Special Finance Assistance (SFA) will be granted to those killed in action or operations in the amount of P500,000. 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.
There will also be shelter assistance to the families of those killed and those wounded with total permanent physical disability — P450,000; health care assistance through coverage of premiums of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) at P2,400 a year; maintenance medicines provided by the Department of Health for qualified beneficiaries of those killed or wounded;; and educational assistance through annual stipends for up to two children or other beneficiaries of those killed or wounded with total permanent physical disablity.
Aiding in the implementation of the new aid program the KIA/WIA One-Stop Assistance Program Management Office at the DILG-Napolcom Center.
Sueno said that in addition, the President intends to start a trust fund for those killed and wounded in action or operation beginning at P1 billion, with more added each year.
“The President knows the risks these military and police personnel take and the sacrifices that they have given for us, so he wants to give back to the spouses and the children,” he added.
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