The Veterans Federation of the Philippines is aiming to recruit 500,000 new members in Negros Occidental, so they, their wives and dependents can enjoy the benefits stipulated under RA 2460, its council chairman, retired Lt. Col. Levy Juele, said.
Juele, who also served as the provincial coordinator of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines, yesterday said they have recruited so far 2,000 new members, who are retirees of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, since October last year, when they reorganized the VFP in the provinces.
He added that they are also reorganizing the Women Auxilliary Service, whose members are spouses of the veterans, as well as the Sons and Daughters Association Inc.
VFP is a public corporation organized by the government through RA 2640, and majority of its members will be AFP retirees in the next year five years, Juele said
Juele added that he is encouraging the recruitment of new veterans who are AFP retirees, to help the World War II veterans in their twilight years, among others. “While we appreciate the loyalty, desire and cooperation they have demonstrated, the community expects to see the young war heroes or new veterans participating, not only in national celebrations, working for their welfare, but also in joining the right way towards peace and progress in the country,” he said.
A VFP member entitles disability and death pension, educational benefits for their dependents, old age pension, among others.
The reorganization of the VFP led to the creation of seven districts and 48 posts, Women Auxilliary Service in Hinobaan, Sipalay City, Cauayan, Candoni, Murcia and Bago Cioty, while SDAI had been organized in Bago City.
This is the only viable organization to form a unified Filipino veterans community in carrying out its responsibility of promoting the veterans welfare, Juele said.
Other VFP officers who are retired Army officials assigned in Negros Occidental are Major Melegildo Sanogal, Colonels Edwin Recabe, Eladio Parcon, Pedro and Romeo Tinagan, Lt. Cols. Ramon Erasmo and Nemesio Taladua. *GPB