BALANGA CITY, Bataan – National Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana, as guest of honor at the “Parangal sa mga Beterano” during the 76th Araw ng Kagitingan, said that President Rodrigo Duterte has all the support for our veterans, that in their bid to give the best for the veterans, they are now working on a new program that is to coordinate with the Department of Health to create a special ward or a veterans ward in a provincial hospital, to accommodate our veterans in case they need hospitalization.
Secretary Lorenzana reiterates that creating a veterans ward for our surviving WWII soldiers is more practical as per advice of DOH Secretary Duque, who explained that building a new veterans hospital will entail some P3.2 billion pesos for the building alone aside from additional expenses for the hospital staff, equipment and other needs.
On the other hand, Lorenzana also announced that when President Duterte visited the Philippine Veterans Memorial Hospital, and saw its poor situation, he readily released a budget to rehabilitate the hospital and asked them to procure new hospital equipment.
He also authorized the release of P15M budget every month for the medicines of the ailing veterans. Lorenzana added that before, when a veteran goes for treatment and check up at the veterans hospital, they were only given doctor’s prescription to buy their medicines, but now, “hindi na reseta ang i-uuwi nila, kundi mga gamut na.”
Meanwhile, for the veterans not living near Manila, Lorenzana said, like those living in Visayas and Mindanao who could not avail of the services, and in need of immediate hospitalization, he said that PVAO has signed a memorandum of understanding with provincial hospitals to accept the veterans and bills will be charged to PVAO.
All these and more, according to Defense Secretary Lorenzana are being done by the Duterte administration to give back to our veterans, for their sacrifices for our country.