Solon seeks incentives for surviving spouses of soldiers, policemen killed in action

THE surviving spouses of soldiers and policemen who died in the line of duty will get additional incentives under a bill filed at the House of Representatives.

Under House Bill 6636 authored by Rep. Mark Villar (Lone District, Las Piñas City), the surviving spouses shall be entitled to an additional P10,000 incentive as one-time economic assistance and a monthly pension of

However, the orphans will only get the same privileges from the government upon the death of the surviving parent.

Villar said it is the policy of the State to give the surviving spouses of those who died in actual combat an additional compensation aside from the benefits to be received under Republic Act 340, as amended by Republic Act 3056, otherwise known as Armed Forces Retirement Law, and Republic Act 8551, otherwise known as Philippine National Police Reform and
Reorganization Act of 1998.

“A soldier’s death or disability while in the line of duty is made even more devastating for their families by the glaring reality that they have lost their breadwinner. For their children in particular, the world stops turning and the clocks stop ticking, as they realize that their dreams of a better future could no longer be a reality,” Villar said.

Villar said more than 6,000 military orphans still need educational support as hundreds of Filipino soldiers are killed annually fighting lawless elements and insurgents around the country.

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