VP BINAY HOPES PNOY APPROVES
GOCC PETITION TO INCREASE
DONATIONS FOR VETERANS
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay told war veterans that he is hoping President Benigno S. Aquino III will allow a government-owned and controled corporation’s request to increase its donations for the Veterans Memorial Center and Filipino War Veterans Federation Inc. this year.
“Ako po’y nananalangin na ngayong 2014 ay mapalawig pa ang tulong na maaaring ilaan ng PHIVIDEC.”
“Ikinatutuwa ko pong ipaalam sa inyo na sumulat na si Ginoong Magno kay Pangulong Aquino upang humingi ng permisong itaas ang kanilang donasyon sa dalawampung milyong piso (P20,000,000.00),” said Vice President during the Review in Honor of the Veterans at the Hunters ROTC Guerilla Field at the Philippine Army Headquarters in Fort Bonifacio.
The Phividec Industrial Authority is the corporation tasked with managing the 3,000 hectare Phividec Industrial Estate in Misamis Oriental. Its administrator is Mr. Leo Magno.
According to Binay, the corporation’s donations have been increasing yearly. Phividec donated P5 million in 2011, which increased to P8 million the next year. For 2013, the corporation donated P10 million.
“We have come a long way compared to the 2010 allocation of only two million pesos. We are thankful for all the help that has been raised but this is only a start, we are working even harder to secure more resources so that we can once again infuse our veterans programs with the vigor they need to last the tests of time,” said Binay.
Binay stressed the importance of looking after the welfare of the country’s war veterans and keeping the memory of their heroic deeds alive.
“Just as we pay tribute to the honored dead, we work tirelessly to ensure that those who are with us still, receive the support and recognition of a truly grateful nation,” he said.
“Ngunit sa ating paggunita sa ating mga bayani, marapat na buhayin natin ang kanilang alaala nang mabigyan natin ng tunay na pagpapahalaga ang mga hamong kanilang hinarap at ang mga hamon na kanilang nilampasan alang-alang sa ating bayan,” he added.
He lauded the production of films such as “Death March” by Adolfo Alix, Jr. that provide a clear picture of the realities that war veterans faced.
“These memories, however sad, remind us and urge us with the greatest possible urgency to never forget our obligations and opportunities to give back to our war veterans and the families they left behind,” he said. /MP