By Francis Wakefield
Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) chief of staff General Eduardo M. Año assured that all dependents of soldiers killed in action (KIA) in the ongoing war against Daesh-inspired Maute group terrorists would be provided with scholarships by the government.
Año made the remark as the AFP on Friday honored its partners and stakeholders for their immeasurable support to the education of military dependents and their notable achievements during the stakeholders recognition ceremony held at the Tejeros Hall of the AFP Commissioned Officers’ Club in Camp General Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Año told reporters during an interview that aside from providing scholarship to the children of the soldiers slain in the ongoing conflict in Marawi, the widows will also be given an opportunity to work in a department of their choice.
“Iyun naman hindi magwo-work meron ding livelihood programs para sa kanila. May mga donor tayo na magsu-support doon sa program..Up to as much to P2 million ang support diyan (We also have livelihood programs for those who won’t work. We have donors who are supporting the program. The program is supported by up to as much as P2 million),” Año said.
Among the attendees during the stakeholders recognition ceremony were the officials and staff of 18 partner institutions and the 16 grantees of the AFP Educational Benefit System (AFPEBS).
The AFP also proudly highlighted the feat of their magna cum laude graduate, five cum laude graduates, and 15 Student Achievement Recognition System (STARS) awardees.
“Stakeholders recognition ceremony is held annually to recognize the role of individuals and institutions that continuously support the education of our soldiers’ dependents through their partnership with the AFP Educational Benefit System (AFPEBS),” said Marine Col. Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs chief.
“The occasion also aims to further develop the relationship between the AFP and its partners, and to recognize their key contributions to the academic success of the military dependents. These achievements bring about pride and fulfillment for the AFP, its partners and stakeholders as they contribute to the welfare improvement of our soldiers’ families,” he added.
Arevalo said all these efforts are in line with the AFPEBSO’s commitment of “Leaving No Soldiers’ Orphan Behind.”
Aside from Año who served as keynote speaker, also in attendance were AFP vice chief of staff Lt. Gen. Salvador Melchor Mison Jr., the acting deputy chief of staff of the AFP Maj. Gen. Elvin Velasco and Brig. Gen. Arnel Duco, AFP J1.