V O L U M E 4 I S S U E PVAO Bulletin The Quarterly Newsletter of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office 2 S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 1 PVAO: Beyond Anniversaries Long before the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office was formally constituted as the main agency in charge of veterans’ affairs in the country on September 24, 1972, it has already been doing its mission way back in the early 1900s. Its roots date back to February 23, 1918 when Philippine Legislature Act No. 2756, considered the very first legislation on veterans benefit administration, was passed granting power to the Secretary of the Department of Interior to certify the records of disabled soldiers of the Philippine Revolution. The said act likewise authorized the Secretary of PVAO celebrates its 39th anniversary with a firm resolve to Interior to gather, care for, and assist such continue and enhance its meaningful service to disabled soldiers of past revolutions and our country’s defenders—the Filipino veterans. for that purpose, may establish, equip,THE VETERAN-CENTENARIAN. and manage homes for disabled soldiers at suitable places.Veteran Alfonso Caplis Fabros was born on February On March 24, 1920, Philippine13, 1901 at Balaoan, La Union. He served as a member of Legislature Act No. 2922 was approved,the 1st Regular Division PA under the United StatesArmed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE). Mr. Fabros has this time, granting a life pension to12 children and is presently residing at Calaanan, General Emilio Aguinaldo in recognition ofBongabon, Nueva Ecija. At the age of 110, he can still his services to the cause of the Philippinestand on his own and walk within the house. He chews Revolution.nganga and rolled tobacco leaves during his pastime. (Continued on page 9)(Photo courtesy of Ms. Mercy Facun, PVAO FSEO#3-Tarlac)IN THIS ISSUE: PVAO— “An Exemplary IDR Agency,” says Ombudsman PEFTOK Veterans Share their Korean War Experience Rep. Lani Mercado Assures Support to Veterans Agenda What Veterans Need to Know: Total Administrative Disability (TAD) Pension President Corazon C. Aquino signs Republic Act Serbisyo sa Beterano. Serbisyo sa Bayan. 6948 on April 9, 1990 at Fort Santiago, Manila.
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 2 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011 PVAO— “An Exemplary IDR Agency,” says Ombudsman PVAO— “PVAO has always been a source of pride – an exemplaryagency that puts at its best the IDR discipline,” said Atty. RafaelG. Hipolito, the newly-assigned Resident Ombudsman for theDepartment of National Defense, Armed Forces of the Philippines- Philippine Navy, and Philippine Veterans Affairs Office during aspecial Executive Committee (Execom) Meeting at the PVAOConference Room on August 03, 2011. Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina welcomed Atty. Hipolito withan agency briefing to update him on the progress of the IntegrityDevelopment Action Plan (IDAP) implementation and the initiatedreforms, particularly in organizational structure & distribution oftasks pursuant to the approved function-based plantilla of PVAO.Prior to the briefing, Atty. Romeo S. Lazo, Deputy Administrator, Administrator Charter conspicuously posted in the PVAO Citizen’s Carolina shows to Atty. Hipolito theintroduced the division and section chiefs who are also members PVAO Frontline Section.of the ExeCom. Atty. Hipolito is not really a newcomer in PVAO, having been a member of the Integrity Development Review (IDR)team that helped the agency formulate its IDAP. Addressing the PVAO officials, Atty. Hipolito also said that he comes with marching orders from OmbudsmanConchita Carpio-Morales whose idea of eradicating corruption is “nipping it on the bud.” A retired Justice of thePhilippine Supreme Court, Ombudsman Carpio-Morales whose appointment to lead the constitutional body wasannounced during the July 2011 State of the Nation Address of Pres. Benigno C. Aquino III, identified as priority thedrafting of terms of references for big ticket contracts involving public agencies to ensure that those projects willbenefit the people. Atty. Hipolito thanked the PVAO Management for the warm reception and for walking him around PVAO’s variousoffice buildings after the briefing to familiarize him with the re-clustering of offices that has taken place. Admitted to the Philippine Bar in 1999, Atty. Hipolito continued his pursuit of higher learning in prestigious academicinstitutions such as the Asian Institute of Management and the University of Hongkong. The young and energeticOmbudsman finished his International Postgraduate Certificate Course in Corruption Studies in 2004 with Distinction. He first joined government service as a Legal Officer in the Department of Agriculture in 1997 before transferring tothe Office of the Ombudsman in the year 2000. He was a member of the Drafting Committee on the ImplementingRules and Regulations of the Anti- Red Tape Law. He was also part of the Philippine Delegation which drafted theTerms of Reference for the Implementation Review Mechanism of the United Nations Convention Against Corruption(UNCAC), Vienna Austria after which he served as an assessor in the Pilot Implementation Review of UNCAC, Bogota, Republic of Columbia. Atty. Hipolito succeeded Atty. Katherine C. Jambaro-Altubar who was also instrumental to the crafting of PVAO’s IDAP. Atty. Kath has been reassigned to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) where she would definitely share her wealth of experiences as an effective resident ombudsman. ■ Atty. Katherine C. Jambaro-Altubar, former resident Ombudsman of PVAO, receives a Certificate of Appreciation from A, PVAO for her numerous contri- butions to the agency’s efforts to raise its level of integrity and improve frontline services delivery. Also on photo is Ms. Lea Rosemary V. Liban, Chief of Planning & Management Division who was also a part of the Integrity Development Review Team that previously assessed PVAO.
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 3 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011 Rep. Lani Mercado Assures Support to Veterans’ Agenda Lady legislator Lani Mercado-Revilla assured her supportfor legislative measures advancing veterans’ welfare in the15th Congress during a flag-ceremony program last July 11,2011 at the PVAO Covered Court in consonance with theGender and Development (GAD) plan being implemented bythe agency. Rep. Mercado-Revilla was chosen by the PVAO-GADCommittee as its fourth GAD-vocate for her versatility as alegislator, a devoted spouse to Sen. Ramon Bong” Revilla Jr.and a hands-on mother to her children and grand-children.She was preceded by Dr. Pilar H. de Ocampo, Rep. Mercado-Revilla received a memento of pictures of herAtty. Anthonette V. Allones and former Rep. Riza Hontiveros- participation during the Araw ng Kagitingan 2011 celebration.Baraquel, who were previously invited to inspire agencyemployees to nurture a gender-sensitive environment that protects and promotes the rights of both employees andclientele. The representative of Cavite’s second district brought warmth to a gloomy Monday weather as she apprised theofficers and employees of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office on her accomplishments as a law-maker. Her being aneophyte in a male-dominated Congress has not deterred her from actively joining 16 congressional committees invarying capacity as chairperson, vice-chairperson or member. To date, she has authored 35 bills and co-authored 75 bills of local and national significance, majority of whichgrants state protection and/pr benefits to the marginalized sectors of the society – the women, children and theelderly. Among the bills she co-authored was House Bill No. 4359, An Act Providing For The Payment Of The TotalAdministrative Disability Pension to Senior Veterans of Wars and Military Campaigns approved by the Lower House on May 31, 2011 and transmitted to the Senate on June 02, 2011. Jesusa Victoria Hernandez in real life, Rep. Lani is a daughter of the late Maj. Vicente Lagrosa Hernandez and Old Age Pensioner Justa Garcia Hernandez. Her father was a USAFFE veteran who continued serving in the Armed Forces of the Philippines as a member of the Philippine Constabulary. During the Sunset Ceremony at the Libingan ng mga Bayani on April 11, 2011 this year, she accepted the Posthumous Award for Gallantry in Action conferred on her father by PVAO. After the program, Rep. Mercado-Revilla graciously stayed for photo-ops with agency employees and joined the members of the PVAO Executive Committee for an agency briefing at the PVAO Conference Room. ■ SNAP(py)SHOTS GOING BEYOND THE CALL OF DUTY Our snappy salute to veteran Reggie A. Nacua (utmost right, second row). Not only did hesubmit his picture for PVAO’s Revalidation Program, he even mobilized his fellow veteransto dress-up and gather for a souvenir photo for PVAO. Mr. Nacua is a World War II veteranand now lives in San Diego, California, USA. The Revalidation Program is part of the three-pronged program of PVAO in cleansing itspension list. It requires the annual submission of Pensioner Update Form (PUF), latest photoof the pensioner, photocopy of government-issued IDs, and other related documents.
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 4 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011PEFTOK Veterans Share Korean War ExperienceKorean War Symposium Succeeds in Planting ‘Seeds of Heroism’ Veterans Ernesto A. Venturina, Jovencio P. Dominguez, Faustino Tumamak and Francisco S. Tamondong of the 19th and 10th Battalion Combat Teams, Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) shared real-life battle experience in a symposium titled “Korean War: PEFTOK’s Greatest Battles” on August 31, 2011 at the National Defense College of the Philippines auditorium. Organized to remember the valuable participation of the PEFTOK veterans during the Korean War from 1950-1953, three distinguishedLiving Heroes—(L-R) Veterans Francisco Tamondong, historians also each gave a lecture on selected highlights of the KoreanFaustino Tumamak, Jovencio Dominguez, and Ernesto Ven- War. Mr. Art Villasanta, son of the Korean War correspondent Johnny F.turina at the Korean War symposium. Villasanta, discussed “The Origins of the Korean War” followed by Professor Rico Jose of the University of the Philippines-Diliman on the“Battle of Yuldong,” and Professor Janet Atutubo of the University of Santo Tomas who lectured on the “Battle of HillEerie.” A well-mix of high school students, members of theacademe, representatives from the Philippine National Police andArmed Forces of the Philippines, descendants of Korean Warveterans, and the Korean War veterans themselves attended thesymposium. An open forum facilitated by Dr. Evelyn A. Songco,President of the Philippine Historical Association ensuedthereafter. Julito Velasco, Jr., a sophomore student of Quirino High Looking Up—(L-R) PVAI President Col. Paterno V. Viloria, Mr. Art Villasanta,School, shared his discovery during the symposium, “Hindi lang Mrs. Isabelita Aganon, Prof. Janet Atutubo, Prof. Rico Jose, and PVAO Adminis-pala sa bansa lumalaban ang ating mga sundalo. Ngayon ko lang trator Ernesto Carolina. At the back of Administrator Carolina is PHA President Dr. Evelyn Songco.nalaman na tumutulong din pala tayo sa ibang bansa…Napatunayan ko ngayon na matapang talaga ang Pilipino, inspirasyon ko ang mga beterano.” Ms Disuanco, a social studies teacher of Jose P. Laurel National High School, said that the symposium was a “verymeaningful activity,” where participants had an “in-depth view of the Korean War. Pinapagtibay nito na buhay – mgatotoong tao – ang ibinubuwis sa giyera.” Her student, Francis Jerimiah Manaog, a sophomore student of Jose P. Laurel National High School, already hadplans on what he learned from the symposium: “Ang pinaka-importante kong natutunan dito sa symposium ay love ofcountry dahil ito ang kulang sa bayan natin ngayon eh. Mahal nila ang country nila kaya hindi nila hahayaang bumag-sak. Kailangang ipamahagi ito (aking mga natutunan) sa iba kong friends. We were given a wonderful opportunity to attend [the symposium], so dapat lang na i-share din namin ito sa iba.” The symposium was organized by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) and the PEFTOK Veterans Association, Inc. (PVAI) in cooperation with the Philippine Historical Association as part of a series of activities on the occasion of the 2011 Korean War My Veteran, My Idol—Students gathered around the PEFTOK veterans after the symposium. Veterans of the Philippines Memorial Day. ■ Every PEFTOK Veteran Counts!As part of the joint efforts to locate and account all surviving PEFTOK veterans, the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office and the PEFTOK VeteransAssociation, Inc. (PVAI) are inviting all PEFTOK veterans and their dependents to get in touch with PVAO and PVAI. If you or your relative is part ofthis defining moment in our country’s history, please contact the PVAO office at (02) 911-4296 or Col. Paterno V. Viloria, Ph. D, PVAI President, at(02)911-2579 or email him at email@example.com. We’d be happy to hear from you.
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 5 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011Korean War Veterans in the Philippines RememberedSeries of Meaningful Activities Held His Excellency Hye Min Lee, Ambassador Extraordinary & Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Korea to the Philippines, underscored the debt of gratitude the Korean people owes the Philippine Expeditionary Forces to Korea (PEFTOK) during the Korean War which serves as the strong cornerstone in the bilateral relations between the two countries. In his speech during the 37th Annual PVAI Convention held last September 7, 2011 at the Philippine Army Officers Club, Fort Andres Bonifacio, Taguig City, the Korean Ambassador assured not only the PEFTOK Veterans Association Incorporated (PVAI)but the Filipino people in general of Korea’s full support now and in the years to come. Citing that Korea is currently thelargest trading partner of the Philippines and the third largest source of foreign investment, Ambassador Lee also mentionedthe gains both countries have sustained through economic and cultural partnership over the years. Meanwhile, Ms. Rosa Rosal, Governor of the Philippine National Red Cross who was the Guest ofHonor during the convention, encouraged every PEFTOKER to continue the noble service they haveoffered to the country when they were still at the prime of their youth. With the theme,“Commitment to a Culture of Integrity,” Ms. Rosal’s presence made the PEFTOKERs re-live their dayswhen they were sent to defend the South Koreans from the insurgencies of North Korea. “Even if weare old, we can still make a difference. And if before, I did not think twice of serving the country dur-ing the Korean War, I would not think twice of doing the same today if there is a need for me to servethe country again ,” said the PNRC Governor. After the message, the Korean ambassador with Hon. Cho Yungkil, Adviser of Korean War Memorial Foundation and Former Korean Minister of National Defense, led the awarding of scholarship grants to elementary, high school, and college students. Incentives were also given to scholars that garnered high grades. Before the convention, a wreathlaying ceremony was also held at the Korean War Memorial Pylon at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. It was led by Hon. Eduardo G. Batac, Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans, and Reserve Affairs of the Department of National Defense as the guest of honor and speaker and Col. Kim Yi Kon, South Korean DefenseAttaché to the Philippines. ■ PEFTOK Cup Open Golf Tournament: A Success PVAO, in cooperation with PVAI, was successfully and meaningfully held the “PEFTOK Cup Open Golf Tournament” last September 3, 2011 at the Veterans Golf Club in VMMC as part of the commemorative activities of the 2011 Korean War Veterans in the Philippines Memorial Day. As anticipated, the said tournament drew the support and participation of noted veterans and sports aficionados such as former President Fidel V. Ramos, Sec. EduardoR. Ermita, Sec. Renato S. de Villa, USec. Eduardo G. Batac, Chairman Jose P. Magno Jr., and other retired officers. Several officials and dignitaries from South Korea alsoattended the tournament with His Excellency AmbassadorHye Min Lee, who performed the ceremonial tee-off. The proceeds of the PEFTOK Cup Golf Tournament,which amounted to P500,000, was immediately turnedover by PVAO Administrator to Col. Paterno Viloria, PVAIPresident. This will support PVAI’s educational scholarshipand medical outreach programs to veterans and their de- Former Pres. Fidel Ramos, Administrator Carolina, and Sec. Eduardo Ermita sharependents. ■ a few light moments with His Excellency Hye Min Lee of South Korea.
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 6 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011 CONVETS SDAI Inducts New Officers The Confederation of World War II Veterans’ Sons and Daughters, Inc. (CONVETS SDAI) recently inducted its new set of officers last September 16, 2011 at the PVAO Conference Room. PVAO Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina personally led the oath taking ceremony, which formally installed the following officers: Mr. Jaime U. Ingay as President, Mr. Pedro S. Molina as Vice President, Mr. Rosalino M. Cra- bantes as Secretary; Mr. Regie Gacayan as Treasurer; Mr. Jan Francis Ingay as Leaders Young and Old—CONVETS SDAI (above) Auditor, and Mr. Edgar B. Gacayan as Sgt. at Arms. A new Board of Directors and CONVETS (below) took their oath of office. were likewise inducted, namely: Ms. Priscilla M. Jalandoon, Ms. Victoria Molina, Mr. Gary Francisco, Ms. Lydia Abando, Ms. Salvacion Vasquez, and Ms. Florentina P. Awisi. CONVETS is one of the chartered members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines under RA 2640 and is now under the leadership of Cmdr. Roberto Gacayan. Meanwhile, the CONVETS SDAI is an affiliate organization of CONVETS founded on June 5, 2011. Expressing their full confidence in PVAO as the primary agency that manages veterans affairs, CONVETS SDAI welcomed the assistance of PVAO in officially instating its new breed ofleaders, in accordance to its amended constitution, which states that “The Governing Body shall…elect among them-selves the National Officers of the Organization and include its Members the President of the Auxiliary and the Presi-dent of the Sons and Daughters.”■PVAO Bulletin is published quarterly by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office.For comments, questions, or reactions, you may write to:PVAO Strategic Communications Section at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 7 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011 WHAT VETERANS NEED TO KNOW: Total Administrative Disability PensionOur veterans have served the country during the prime andvigor of their youth. Now, as they age, their physical conditionhas naturally dwindled over the years—not to mention themedical disability that resulted from sickness, disease,wounds, or injuries they sustained in line of duty. Hence theState, in recognition of their highly valuable service to thecountry, has provided for a Total Administrative Disability(TAD) pension. However, while RA 7696 was ratified on 1994, itdid not identify the source of funding; hence, noappropriations had been provided for TAD Pension.This resulted in a huge outlay required to pay the What is the Total Administrative Disability Pension?accumulated obligations, which reached P25.0 B. The Total Administrative Disability (TAD) pension is stipulatedThe Congress conducted several hearings to find in RA 7696 Section 2 (h):ways and means to fund this huge requirement. “...a veteran, with or without a service-connected or non- When P170M was finally appropriated in the service connected disability, upon reaching the age of seventyGeneral Appropriations Act of 2010 to be able to (70) is deemed totally disabled with one hundred per centumpartially pay TAD arrears, Joint Circular No. 2010-1 (100%) rating and shall be entitled to a monthly pension ofdated April 1, 2010 between the Department of One thousand seven hundred pesos (P1,700.00) plus Five hundred pesos (P500.00) for the spouse and each unmarriedNational Defense (DND) and Department of Budget minor children.”Management (DBM) specified that initial TAD pay-ments shall only be for living/surviving World War As such, payments have been made based on theII veterans. priority list. While PVAO understands and greatly For FY 2011, the amount of P500,289,600 has empathizes with the veterans regarding the need for thebeen appropriated for TAD. Hence, WWII veterans immediate payment of TAD pension, PVAO strictlyare now receiving their monthly pension of P1,700. adheres to the guidelines provided by the DBM. PVAO Given the guidelines in above-cited Joint Circular, assures those who are entitled to TAD that thethe priority for future TAD Payments will be as fol- government continues to find ways and means to be ablelows: to pay all the TAD claims to include those for eligible deceased veterans. PRIORITY LIST FOR TAD Payments 1st Priority Living WWII Veterans P 4,036,429,000 2nd Priority Living Post WWII/AFP Veterans 80 yrs old and above P 1,301,356,800 3rd Priority Living Post WWII/AFP Veterans 70-79 years old P 978,792,000 4th Priority TAD Arrears for Eligible Deceased Veterans P 14,308,962,000 Total Remaining Arrears P 20,625,540,700For questions on TAD and other pension-benefits, the veterans and their legal dependents may get in touch with usat the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City (or any nearest PVAO FSEO) or email us firstname.lastname@example.org, or text us by typing PVAO<space>message and send to 2920. ■
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 8 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011 VFP Region 9 Welcomes PVAO Assistance in General Assembly & Medical Outreach Veterans Federation of the Philippines – Region IX headed by Col. Leandro T. Pacio,Regional Vice President, warmly welcomed the valuable assistance rendered by thePhilippine Veterans Affairs Office team during the 12th Joint VFP and the Sons & DaughtersAssociation Inc. Regional Assembly last August 27, 2011 at the Grand Astoria Hotel,Zamboanga City. Leading the team was Lt. Gen. Ernesto G. Carolina, AFP (Ret.), PVAO Administrator,who personally guided the presentation of an agency briefing on veterans benefits andservices, distribution of information materials to veterans & their beneficiaries and thepublic assistance booth that accommodated queries and status verification on claims andpension applications. Hon. Maria Isabelle “Beng” Climaco - Salazar, Representative of Zamboanga’s 1stDistrict, addressed the delegates and assured them of her support to pending veteranslegislation and related advocacies in the lower house. She also read the speech of Hon. Rodolfo G. Biazon, Chairman of the Committee on National Defense and Security in the House of Representatives, who was the assembly’s guest of honor and speaker. Rep. Biazon was not able to join the veterans in the assembly due to prior engagements. Zamboanga City Mayor Celso Lobregat also graced the event and thanked the veterans for their significant contributions to the community. He also led the delegates in singing of Zamboanga’s hymn. Members of VFP-SDAI Region IX pose for a photo during Describing the VFP Zamboanga Assembly as one of the most the General Assembly. well-attended gatherings of veterans he has ever seen, Administrator Carolina expressed gladness upon seeing familiar faces of retired andactive officers and enlisted personnel from the Southern Command (now Western Mindanao Command), where theAdministrator served as Commanding General whose many accomplishments included the successful military campaignagainst international terrorist groups and local insurgents. The Administrator also noted the peculiar composition of the VFP Region 9 that has active AFP officers and enlistedpersonnel as associate members. RVP Pacio and Deputy RVP Raul Roldan confirmed this and said that the key to thedynamism of the VFP Region 9 is the infusion of members from the AFP. As of August 27, 2011, statistics from the Management InformationDivision reveals that there are only 364 living World War II veterans inthe entire region out of 10,268 active pensioners. A day before the assembly, the Administrator’s party also assisted inthe medical outreach to veterans and their dependents at the VFPRegion IX Headquarters in Petitt Barracks, Zamboanga City wherein over200 patients were consulted by volunteer doctors and given prescribedmedicines. The Administrator also distributed wheelchairs and adjustable canes Recipients of wheelchairs and adjustable canes together withto veterans pre-identified by the PVAO Field Service Extension Office No. PVAO Administrator and PVAO FSEO IX Zamboanga City staff.9 – Zamboanga City. ■Quoted:“Sa pangunguna ng Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, o PVAO, pinabuti na po natin ang serbisyong pangkalusugan para sa ating mga beteranosa pagbibigay ng akreditasyon sa halos tatlong daang hospital na mangangalaga sa inyong lahat. Asahan ninyong puspusang isasakatuparan nggobyerno ang mga programa para sa inyo, upang suklian ang walang humpay ninyong paglilingkod sa bayan.” - President Benigno Simeon Aquino III, Pagdiriwang ng Araw ng mga Bayani, 29 Agosto 2011
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 9 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011 GETTING TO KNOW Undersecretary Eduardo G. Batac Hon. Eduardo G. Batac is the present Undersecretary of the Office of the Civil,Veterans, and Reserve Affairs (USCVRA) and OIC of the Office for Public Affairs under theDepartment of National Defense. Not entirely new to DND, USec. Batac used to be thedepartment’s spokesperson. He is part of the Philippine Military Academy (PMA) Class ‘68and obtained a Military Pilot Training in the Philippine Air Force Flying School. He alsoholds a Master of Business Management degree from the Asian Institute of Managementunder Washington Sycip Scholarship Grant. USec. Batac is considered as an expert when it comes to civil aviation. He was instrumental in regaining for thecountry the Category 1 in Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States of America during the time of Gen.Charlie Tanega. He represented the country to aviation bilateral talks to different countries like China, South Korea,Japan, member-countries of the European Union, and other international organizations like FAA and International CivilAviation Organization (ICAO). He was the Director of Flight Standards Inspectorate Service of the Civil AviationAuthority of the Philippines (CAAP) and head of the CAAP Acceptance Team of Boeing 777 in Seattle, Washington, USA. Not known to many, USec. Batac is a son of the late Brigadier General Gonzalo L. Batac, a veteran of the UnitedStates Armed Forces in the Philippines-Northern Luzon (USAFIP-NL). Gen. Batac was a graduate of PMA Class ‘43, alsoknown as the “Perennial Cows,” as this batch of PMAers were given the rank of 3rd Lieutenant during an emergencygraduation held when the war broke out. Gen. Batac was deployed in Bataan and was captured along those whosuffered in the Death March. During that time, Gen. Batac was already wounded in the neck when he was shot by ashrapnel from a mortar. His condition turned out to be a blessing as he was able to escape when he pretended to bedead. He later retired as the Commanding General of the First Military Area (presently NOLCOM). His sustained battlewound later caused his left arm to be paralyzed until he died in 1993 at the age of 73. Although his father never talked about his experiences during war time, USec. Batac recognizes that his “personalaffiliation” with his father’s colleagues, most of whom he met during his father’s tour of duty, has greatly influencedhow he carries out his duties as a public servant. During the agency briefing conducted by PVAO at the start of his appointment, USec. Batac enjoined the officials ofPVAO to intensify its information campaign in appraising the public, particularly the veterans and their legaldependents, on the administration of veterans pensions and benefits. ■ PVAO: Beyond Anniversaries (continued from page 1) On June 3, 1938, Philippine Legislature Act 2756 was repealed by Commonwealth Act 288, which created a “Board of Pensions for Veterans” under the Department of Interior. This is the first agency mandated to provide pensions for veterans of the past Philippine Revolution or wars, including the revolutionary soldiers of General Emilio Aguinaldo. Subsequently, Republic Act No. 65 was passed on October 18, 1946, creating the Philippine Veterans Board under the Department of National Defense. This Act created the Filipino Veterans Bill of Rights which granted educational This photo dated October 1967 shows the PVA employees in Arroceros, Manila. benefits, disability, and death pensions as well as veterans preference in civil service examinations. A series of legislation on veterans’ benefits and benefits administration later saw the birth of such other bodies asVeterans Claims Commission, Veterans Backpay Commission and the Philippine Veterans Administration untilSeptember 1972 when they were finally merged into one agency – the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office under theDepartment of National Defense. ■
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 10 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011 Meet the New Members of the PVAO TeamCOMMO. SALVADOR Q. ESGUERRA AFP (RET.) LEA ROSEMARY V. LIBANInformation Technology Officer III Chief Administrative OfficerCommodore Esguerra is currently the chief of Ms. Lea is presently the chief of Plans andManagement Information Division (MID). He is Management Division (PMD). She was the directora graduate of Class ‘74 of the Philippine of the Policy Research Office of the DevelopmentMilitary Academy and served in various Academy of the Philippines (DAP). Ms. Lea holds amilitary leadership positions, latest of which master’s degree in Public Administration from thewas Commander of Communication Electronics and Information University of the Philippines and finished cum laude at the NationalSystems Service AFP (CEISSAFP), GHQ. Center for Public Administration and Governance (NCPAG) - UP Diliman.ATTY. BRIAN JAMES C. CUEVAS MARICIEL E. ESTACIO, MNSAAttorney IV Supervising Administrative OfficerAtty. Cuevas is the assistant chief of the Legal Affairs Ms. Mariciel is the acting chief of theDivision (LAD) and head of the Anti-Fraud Section of Administrative Division. She is a graduate ofLAD. He concurrently serves as the Secretary of the Master in National Security AdministrationThird Military Service Board. He earned his (MNSA) from the National Defense College ofbachelor’s degree in Legal Management at the the Philippines. She is a granddaughter ofUniversity of Sto. Tomas and graduated Bachelor of Laws at the Antonio D. Estacio, a World War II veteran.University of the East. ARLA E. FONTAMILLASATTY. TOMI L. TAVANLAR Administrative Officer VAttorney III Arla was a speechwriter at the Office of theAtty. Tavanlar is a product of two best law Secretary Joint Staff - Armed Forces of theschools in the country, University of Sto. Tomas Philippines. She finished cum laude under the BAand San Sebastian College Recolectos. He now Speech Communication program in the Univer-heads the Legal Assistance Section of LAD. sity of the Philippines-Diliman. She is now part of the Strategic Communications Section of PVAO.GEORGE A. ARANAS JHOAN C. LATADESpecial Investigator II Special Investigator IIGeorge or “Jojo”, as he is called by his peers, was Jhoan is a graduate of Bachelor of Laws from thean elected Municipal Councilor of his hometown in University of Nueva Caceres in Naga City. PriorPalauig, Zambales during the May 2007 local to joining PVAO, Jhoan used to work at theelections before he joined PVAO. He just recently Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff forobtained his Bachelor of Laws at the Philippine Intelligence, J2, Armed Forces of the Philippines.Christian University.GLENN T. BAYAWON JOMMEL P. TACTAQUINShrine Curator II Senior History Researcher Jommel graduated with a bachelor’s degree inA son of Kiangan, Ifugao himself, Glenn is a fittingaddition to our staff in Kiangan National Shrine. History from the University of the Philippines- Diliman. Prior to joining PVAO, Jommel was aBefore joining PVAO, Glenn used to work as aresearcher for the National Museum. researcher/analyst at the Department of National Defense.DARWIN M. CAMPO NOLAN V. BANDAShrine Curator II Special Investigator IIIDarwin used to work for various electronics and communication Nolan obtained his law degree from the Far Eastern University of thecompanies abroad. Now, returning to his hometown in Tarlac, Philippines Law School and used to work at the Office for Legal ServiceDarwin is the shrine curator of Capas National Shrine. of the Department of National Defense. He currently heads the Resumption Section of the Claims Division.
PVAO Bulletin PAGE 11 VOLUME 4, ISSUE 1 * September 2011PVAO Chorale Wins at the CSC Government Chorale CompetitionPVAO Employees Participate in Other CSC 110th Anniversary Activities The PVAO Chorale won the “Best Arrangement of Song Competition” in the recently concluded Civil Service Commission (CSC) Government Chorale Competition on September 6, 2011 at the CCP Main Theater with their rendition of the competition song, “Para Sa’Yo.” Arranged by Mr. Joy T. Nilo, the song was an original composition of Ms. Trina Belamide. It is anchored on the rallying call of the CSC in underscoring the individual importance of the Filipino civil servant and the collective significance of the civil service in government. PVAO Chorale was among the top 12 finalists that qualified for the saidcompetition night. The other finalists were: Philippine Ports Authority Chorale,East Avenue Medical Center Chorale, Central Luzon State UniversityAdministration Choir, Bureau of Quarantine Chorale, Dangal ng Lungsod BatanganChorale, POEA Chorale, Pag-ibig Fund Chorale, National Power Chorale, CityGovernment of Makati Employees Choir, Professional Regulations Commission PVAO Chorale Conductor Anthoni Trinidad, Jr.Chorale, and PAGCOR Voice Symphony. Each choir sang three songs, including accepts the plaque for PVAO Chorale.their own rendition of the competition song, within a span of 10 minutes. Meanwhile, the PVAO Running Team likewise successfully finished the 3K and 5K run also organized by the CSC last September 4, 2011 at the CCP Grounds. Dubbed as “R.A.C.E. to Serve” Fun Run, almost 3,000 government employees participated in the said event, which aims to promote physical fitness among government employees. The run was also enthusiastically supported by no other than His Excellency Vice President Jejomar C.The PVAO Running Team happily show off their cer- Binay.tificates after completing the 3K and 5K R.A.C.E. With the theme: “R.A.C.E. to Serve: Advancing Responsive, Accessible, Courteous and Effective Public Service,” the CSC celebrated its 110thAnniversary this whole month of September anchored on President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s call for reform and onhis pledge to implement change in government and on the clamor for increased transparency and accountability. ■ It has always been the primary advocacy of PVAO to BOOKS PUBLISHED BY PVAO propagate and make known the heroic deeds of our veterans. Below are some of the publications under- taken by PVAO: The Veteran is Worth Caring For The War in Korea by Col. Vic S. Santos, Jr. (Ret.) by BGen. Victorino T. Azada (Ret.) We continue to be Filipinos because The Filipinos’ love for freedom and they gave our nation’s sovereignty a democracy knows no boundaries. good fight against foreign invaders. Here is an historical account of the Learn and appreciate the remark- first Philippine military troops sent able deeds of our veterans and abroad, which helped save South consequently develop a greater Korea from the communist North sense of national pride. Also contains Korea and China. programs and services for the veter- ans, including that of PVAO.