MALACANANG has assured the families and relatives of the 44 Special Action Force (SAF) commandos who died in Maguindanao in January that they will continue to receive aid from the government.
“As directed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd, the various agencies and offices of the government tasked with extending assistance to the bereaved families of the fallen SAF troopers have been continuing to carry out their role as swiftly as possible,” Palace deputy spokesman Abigail Valte said in a press conference.
Apart from monetary aid from the President’s Social Fund, Valte said the national government has also been providing support in the form of scholarships, employment assistance, and housing grants, among others.
On education, she said that the government through the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) has accepted many children into their scholarship program, while the Commission on Higher Education (CHED) will extend assistance to college-age dependents.
“Those not covered by either NAPOLCOM or CHED will be assisted through the President’s Social Fund,” Valte added.
On employment, the Palace official said the government has already extended assistance “through the facilitation and endorsement of applications, both within and outside government.”
“The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority has likewise scheduled sessions for those interested in undergoing skills training and career coaching,” Valte said.