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Secretary Lorenzana Keynotes VFP 58th Anniversary
By  Caleb L. Gasilao [ 6/28/2018 ] Secretary of National Defense (SND) Delfin N. Lorenzana led the celebration of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines’ (VFP) 58th Founding Anniversary as the Guest of Honor and keynote speaker at the VFP Headquarters in Ermita, Manila on 18 June 2018.

Acting President Manuel R. Pamaran ushered in the event with his welcoming remarks highlighting a hopeful term for the VFP in serving the veterans. He was also assisted by V
P for Administration Leopoldo M. Amar and Ms. Bernadette L. Valiente in the awarding of Loyalty Awards to deserving VFP employees. Executive Vice President LtGen Raul S. Urgello AFP (Ret) introduced the Guest of Honor and speaker, Secretary Lorenzana, highlighting the latter’s many years of service to the veterans as the former Head of the Office of Veterans Affairs in Washington D.C., USA.

In his speech, Secretary Lorenzana shed light on the recent events that occurred during the change of leadership within VFP. He emphasized that the dismissal of the previous set of officials were due to their irresponsible actions and the irregularities found in various audit reports. However, in spite of the past, Secretary Lorenzana expressed his confidence in the newly appointed set of officials led by President Pamaran who is a World War II veteran and former Sandiganbayan Justice.

Secretary Lorenzana was also happy to announce that the increase in old age pension to Php 20,000 for senior war veterans had passed the third and final reading in the House of Congress. This leaves the bill for the approval of the Senate, and finally the President, which the SND is confident would be passed into law this year.

Also present in the anniversary were the members of the VFP Executive Board, along with the leaders of affiliated veterans organizations, Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans, and Retiree Affairs (USCVRA) Reynaldo B. Mapagu, and PVAO Administrator Undersecretary Ernesto G. Carolina.

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