BALANGA CITY, Bataan – “Parangal sa mga Beterano is a separate event, held a day before the observance of the Araw ng Kagitingan, to honor the veterans for their sacrifices and gallantry, ensuring that they are not forgotten.
Guest Speaker was Usec Reynaldo Mapagu, of the Department of National Defense and Chairman of the Araw ng Kagitingan Working Committee.
Usec Mapagu was introduced by Board Member Ariz Gaza, who said that, it is both an honor and a privilege for him to meet and recognize our veterans and thank them for the freedom and democracy that we are enjoying today for their valiant and unselfish service for the people.
In his inspirational message, Usec Mapagu said that Bataan is known to the whole world as a symbol of courage and freedom during the World War II where Filipinos and Americans fought side by side on decisive battles which thwarted the timetable and plans of the Japanese invaders including the infamous death march.Mapagu added that this year’s celebration of the Araw ng Kagitingan is more gratifying in the sense that our qualified WW II veterans will start to receive the 300% increase in their old age pension under R A 11164 otherwise known as the increase in the old age pension of the war veterans.
He said that together with the Phil Veterans Office, they will continue the initiatives for the welfare and well being of our veterans to make sure that they will not be neglected especially nearing the twilight of their lives.
On the other hand, Cong Joet Garcia said in vernacular, ” ito ay isang bukod na araw upang parangalan ang ating mga beterano ng digmaan”. Sa mga beteranong naririto ngayon, na lumipas man ang napakaraming dekada, ang inyong kabayanihan ay hindi malilimutan dahil ang tinatamasa nating kalayaan at demokrasya sa ngayon ang magpapaalala sa amin ng inyong kabayanihan.