Department of National Defense chief vows to support PVAO initiatives to uplift veterans' well-being

MANILA, Oct. 10 (PNA) --- As the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) celebrates its 43rd founding anniversary Friday, Department of National Defense (DND) Secretary Voltaire T. Gazmin pledged to support all initiatives that will uplift the welfare and well-being of the veterans and their families.

The defense chief made this statement during the anniversary celebrations at the PVAO Covered Court, Veterans Compound, Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.

Gazmin also lauded the unwavering commitment of PVAO in fulfilling its mandate as the primary agency that looks after the welfare of veterans and in propagating their heroic deeds among the Filipino people especially the youth.

He also underscored the reforms initiated by PVAO in transforming itself into a more efficient and effective agency in accomplishing its three major functions, namely: administration of pension and non-pension benefits for the veterans and their dependents; preservation and development of military shrines and propagation of our veterans’ heroic deeds; and the management of veterans-related affairs.

The DND chief commended PVAO for coming up with a well-deliberated strategic roadmap, the Kagitingan Roadmap 2022, which serves the agency’s blueprint to sustain the early gains of reforms undertaken by the agency and ensure that its strategic initiatives will endure changes in leadership.

The roadmap reflects PVAO’s goals to transform the veterans from being merely dependent clients to empowered partners, veterans’ organizations from being self-centered, factionalized and marginalized to being united and empowered; underutilized assets and properties to being optimized and the benefits derived from them equitably shared. It also seeks to shift shrines and memorials to instruments that instill national pride and patriotism and make commemorative events pervasive and community-based. Specific projects in the roadmap also aims to rationalize pensions and benefits structure, and to ensure veterans’ overall welfare and wellbeing.

“I cannot wait to be a witness to the realization of your goals as laid in this blueprint. May you bring 'Kagitingan' back to its deserved place in our nation’s value system through this roadmap,” Gazmin added. (PNA)

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