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VFP Executive Board Hails Pamaran's Takeover
By  Caleb L. Gasilao [ 6/28/2018 ] Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) Acting President and former Sandiganbayan Justice Manuel R. Pamaran presided the VFP Executive Board meeting at the VFP Headquarters in Ermita, Manila on 18 June 2018. This was the first meeting of the newly appointed VFP leaders since the change of leadership in the Federation as per Department Order Numbers 184, 193, 201.

Justice Pamaran reiterated during the meeting that the Executive
 Board should be an effective sounding body to improve veteran’s welfare. He stressed in his opening statement that the spirit of brotherhood, camaraderie, and love for country should unite and not divide them in serving the veterans. The remarks were applauded by the Board which welcome the recent change in VFP leadership.

Executive Vice President LtGen Raul S. Urgello AFP (Ret) on the other hand, announced some plans to further improve veterans services, emphasizing the partnership between the Filipino War Veterans, Inc. (FILVETS) and VFP in providing medical assistance for veterans and their beneficiaries.

PVAO Administrator Ernesto G. Carolina was also present during the meeting as the Secretary of National Defense (SND) representative. He clarified to the Board the recent events that transpired leading to the changes in the VFP administration, paving the way to genuine reforms.

Following the discussion, resolutions for the Board were also approved. These are: the assigning of new signatories for the Philippine Veterans Bank; the authorization of certain VFP employees to request bank statements; and the designation of the VFP President as Head of Procuring Entity (HOPE).

The meeting also coincided with the VFP’s 58th Anniversary which was led by the Guest of Honor and keynote speaker, Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana.

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