“We will extend assistance by preparing the documentary requirements to hasten the claims process,” Napolcom Bicol Information Officer Ricardo Fontanilla said today in an interview aired during the “Aramon Ta Daw ” radio program of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Bicol.
The death benefits of PNP beneficiaries include : gratuity equivalent to the deceased PNP member’s one year basic salary, burial expenses equivalent to three month’s basic salary of the deceased, monthly pension equivalent to eighty percent of the deceased’s basic salary for a period of five years from the date of death.
“We will also grant scholarship to the children of the deceased,” Fontanilla added.
Further, if a qualified family member opts to join the ranks of the PNP, he or she can be accommodated under the attrition law, Fontanilla said.
Earlier, the government already released P250,000 financial support for each family of the 44 slain PNP troopers and assured educational support for the children or siblings of the deceased, together with livelihood assistance and jobs for the widows and family members, housing assistance and medical assistance to sick relatives.
According to Fontanilla, the death claims will be awarded to the surviving spouse or, if there is none, the surviving legitimate or legally adopted children, or if single to parents.
In the absence of the surviving spouse and dependent legitimate children, the non-dependent legitimate children together with illegitimate children, if any, or if there is none, the surviving parents or in their absence, surviving brothers and sisters of the fallen trooper. (AAN/JJP-PIA5)
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