VIGAN CITY, Ilocos Sur, Sept 22 (PIA) — The Philippine Veterans Administration Office (PVAO) is now in full swing cleansing its pension list in Ilocos. This is in line with the reform agenda of President Aquino to promote bureaucratic transparency and public accountability.
Victoria Antiporda, provincial service officer of PVAO-Ilocos Sur, said that many Ilocano pensioners and their beneficiaries are still unaware and unable to comply with the requirements for the revalidation program as required by the agency.
Antiporda said that these strategies include the revalidation program, the issuance of PVAO pensioner’s ID and the direct remittance Pension Servicing System.
She added that the revalidation program will determine the pensioner’s status and update the records of its pensioners.
“Their pensions were suspended due to change of address, so make sure to update PVAO by writing a letter informing of any change in address,” the PVAO official said during a weekly PIA radio program “Niat Makunam Kailian (The Right to Know)” over DWRS.
She also noted that the pensions granted to the surviving spouse of a veteran is valid until he or she remarries or dies.
“PVAO will immediately suspend the pension of a veteran’s spouse after verification a report of re-marriage,” Antiporda emphasized.
The service officer said that the PVAO will immediately suspend the pension of a veteran after verification of a report of his/her death.
Pensions can also be suspended if there are perceived irregularities in the pensioners identity, legal status and other information that may question the pensioner’s rightful claim, she said as she reported that there are only about 3,000 pensioners in Ilocos Sur and Abra. But for living WWII veterans it is less than 1,000 in Ilocos Sur.
The PVAO official also warned pensioners and their spouses and beneficiaries not to deal with claims fixers because they are not authorized by the agency. “Don’t sign any documents or affidavit or statement without verifying facts,” she added.
Meanwhile, the PVAO granted P1.5 million to Filipino War Veterans Foundation Inc. to support the regular operation and maintenance of their 11 Medical Outreach Clinics nationwide that provide year-round medical assistance and maintenance medicine to veterans and their dependents. (ANL/BPP-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)