ZAMBOANGA CITY — The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has awarded P2,750,000 "special financial assistance" to the families of soldiers who were killed and wounded in line of duty.
The financial assistance was handed over Wednesday to the beneficiaries by Western Mindanao Command (Wesmincom) chief Lt. Gen. Raymundo Ferrer at Camp Navarro that houses the Wesmincom headquarters in this city.
There were a total of 23 recipients of the special financial assistance, eight of whom were "killed-in-action" in separate combat operations from 2007 to 2009 here in Mindanao.
The families of the seven of eight soldiers slain in combat operations have received P250,000 each and the other one received P100,000.
The families of three of the four soldiers "wounded-in-action" with major injury received P100,000 each while the fourth one received P50,000.
For those 11 soldiers "wounded-in-action" with minor injury, their families received special financial assistance of P50,000 each.
"While we salute the bravery of our soldiers in rendering duty to stabilize the peace and order in this part of the country, we are also extending the needed financial assistance to their families," Ferrer said.
The family-recipients of the financial assistance have expressed their gratitude to the AFP citing the financial assistance may not be enough but the recognition is an honor of their kin's sacrifice in serving the country.
Some of the families said they will use the money to support the education needs of the children left behind by the soldiers killed-in-action.
The others said they will use the money to start a small business.
Ferrer handed over the special financial assistance to the family-recipients in a simple ceremony held at Camp Navarro, this city. (PNA)