Biazon seeks increase, rationalization of veterans’ disability pension

Published November 30, 2019, 8:50 AM

by Patrick Garcia

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Welfare has approved a bill seeking to increase and rationalize the disability pension of veterans and their beneficiaries.

Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozzano Rufino "Ruffy" Biazon (Congressman Ruffy Biazon / FACEBOOK)
Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon (Congressman Ruffy Biazon / FACEBOOK)

Principally authored by Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon, House Bill No. 700 hurdled the panel, chaired by Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman.

“This bill seeks to increase and rationalize the grant of disability pension to veterans and their beneficiaries as mandated by Republic Act 6948, as amended,” Biazon said.

“It is to be noted that since 1994, when RA 7696 was passed amending RA 6948, the amount of disability pension which ranges from P1,000 to P1,700 depending on the rate of disability has not been increased despite serious economic downturns that effectively made the amount negligible and unrealistic in terms of cost of medicines, hospitalization, and even with the very basic needs of our disabled and aging veterans,” he noted.

Biazon stressed that the State should fulfil its constitutional mandate to provide immediate and adequate care, benefits, and other forms of assistance to war veterans and veterans of military campaigns and their surviving spouses and beneficiaries.

“It is the intent of the bill to support the veterans by providing them with disability pension in view of their loss of capacity to be gainfully employed owing to the sickness or injuries they have sustained in line of duty and also for valiantly and selflessly defending the freedom of our country, ” he said.

“However, looking at the current state of the disability pension, it cannot be denied that the amount mandated by RA 7696 in 1994 has already lost its value to support even the very basic needs of the disabled and aging veterans and their beneficiaries, ” Biazon said.

Under HB 700, Biazon proposed that a veteran who is disabled owing to sickness, disease, wounds or injuries sustained in line of duty shall be given monthly disability pension in accordance with the following rates:

If and while the disability of veteran is rated anywhere from 10 to 30 per centum, the monthly pension shall be P4,500, instead of the current P1,000.

While, those veterans whose disability of is rated anywhere from 31 to 40 per centum, they shall receive a monthly pension of P5,300, instead of P1,100.

The monthly pension of the veterans with disability ranging from 41 to 50 per centum shall be P6,100, instead of P1,200.

If and while the disability is rated anywhere from 51 to 60 per centum, the monthly pension shall be P6,900, instead of P1,300.

For those veterans with the disability ranging from 61 to 70 per centum, the monthly pension shall be P7,700, instead of P1,400.

While, the monthly pension of the veterans with disability ranging from 71 to 80 per centum and those ranging from 81 to 90 per centum shall be P8,500, instead of P1,500; and P9,300, instead of P1,600, respectively.

If and while the disability is rated anywhere from 91 to 100 per centum, the monthly pension shall be P10,000, instead of P1,700, plus P1,000, instead of the current P500 for the spouse and each unmarried minor children.

 
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Biazon seeks increase, rationalization of veterans’ disability pension

Published November 30, 2019, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Charissa Luci-Atienza

The House Committee on Veterans Affairs and Welfare has approved a bill seeking to increase and rationalize the disability pension of veterans and their beneficiaries.

Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozzano Rufino "Ruffy" Biazon (Congressman Ruffy Biazon / FACEBOOK)
Muntinlupa City Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon (Congressman Ruffy Biazon / FACEBOOK)

Principally authored by Muntinlupa Rep. Rozzano Rufino “Ruffy” Biazon, House Bill No. 700 hurdled the panel, chaired by Bataan Rep. Geraldine Roman.

“This bill seeks to increase and rationalize the grant of disability pension to veterans and their beneficiaries as mandated by Republic Act 6948, as amended,” Biazon said.

“It is to be noted that since 1994, when RA 7696 was passed amending RA 6948, the amount of disability pension which ranges from P1,000 to P1,700 depending on the rate of disability has not been increased despite serious economic downturns that effectively made the amount negligible and unrealistic in terms of cost of medicines, hospitalization, and even with the very basic needs of our disabled and aging veterans,” he noted.

Biazon stressed that the State should fulfil its constitutional mandate to provide immediate and adequate care, benefits, and other forms of assistance to war veterans and veterans of military campaigns and their surviving spouses and beneficiaries.

“It is the intent of the bill to support the veterans by providing them with disability pension in view of their loss of capacity to be gainfully employed owing to the sickness or injuries they have sustained in line of duty and also for valiantly and selflessly defending the freedom of our country, ” he said.

“However, looking at the current state of the disability pension, it cannot be denied that the amount mandated by RA 7696 in 1994 has already lost its value to support even the very basic needs of the disabled and aging veterans and their beneficiaries, ” Biazon said.

Under HB 700, Biazon proposed that a veteran who is disabled owing to sickness, disease, wounds or injuries sustained in line of duty shall be given monthly disability pension in accordance with the following rates:

If and while the disability of veteran is rated anywhere from 10 to 30 per centum, the monthly pension shall be P4,500, instead of the current P1,000.

While, those veterans whose disability of is rated anywhere from 31 to 40 per centum, they shall receive a monthly pension of P5,300, instead of P1,100.

The monthly pension of the veterans with disability ranging from 41 to 50 per centum shall be P6,100, instead of P1,200.

If and while the disability is rated anywhere from 51 to 60 per centum, the monthly pension shall be P6,900, instead of P1,300.

For those veterans with the disability ranging from 61 to 70 per centum, the monthly pension shall be P7,700, instead of P1,400.

While, the monthly pension of the veterans with disability ranging from 71 to 80 per centum and those ranging from 81 to 90 per centum shall be P8,500, instead of P1,500; and P9,300, instead of P1,600, respectively.

If and while the disability is rated anywhere from 91 to 100 per centum, the monthly pension shall be P10,000, instead of P1,700, plus P1,000, instead of the current P500 for the spouse and each unmarried minor children.

 
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