• VP urges hike in donations to war vets

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    Vice President Jejomar Binay on Saturday told war veterans he was hoping President Benigno Aquino 3rd will approve a government-owned corpo–ration’s request to increase its donations to the Veterans Memorial Medical Center and the Filipino War Veterans Federation Inc. this year.

    “I pray that this year PHIVIDEC will be allowed to help more,” Binay said.

    “I am glad to inform you that Leo Tereso Magno has written to President Aquino to ask permission to raise their donation to P20 million,” said the Vice President during the review in honor of the Veterans at the Hunters ROTC Guerilla Field at the Philip–pine 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. Magno is its administrator.

    According to Binay, the corporation’s donations have been increasing yearly. Phividec donated P5 million in 2011 and P8 million the next year. In 2013, the corporation donated P10 million.

    “We have come a long way compared to the 2010 allocation of only two million pesos. We are working even harder to secure more resources so that we can once again infuse our veterans programs with the vigor they need,” 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.

    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.

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