Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana and other top defense officials met with the executives of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines to discuss various veterans issues at the VFP Headquarters in Ermita, Manila on 5 June 2020.
Secretary of National Defense Delfin N. Lorenzana met with the management team of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) at the VFP Headquarters in Ermita, Manila on 5 June 2020, to provide guidance and discuss various issues affecting the organization.
Secretary Lorenzana was joined by senior officials from the Department of National Defense (DND) and the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO) including PVAO Administrator Undersecretary Ernesto G. Carolina, Undersecretary for Civil, Veterans and Reservist Affairs Reynaldo B. Mapagu, DND Undersecretary for Special Concerns Arnel M. Duco, PVAO Deputy Administrator Assistant Secretary Raul Z. Caballes and PVAO Legal Affairs Chief Atty. Rolando D. Villaflor.
The VFP was represented in the meeting by its President, Justice Manuel R. Pamaran (Ret), and other members of the VFP management team including COMMO Salvador Q. Esguerra AFP (Ret), COL Leopoldo M Amar (Ret), CAPT Gilbert M. Baladhay (Ret), and COL Maria Carolina C. Dreo.
The meeting included discussions regarding the amendments to the 2013 VFP Constitution and Bylaws and the strategic planning in relation to the development of the VFP’s Organizational Structure and Staffing Pattern (OSSP), among other issues.
The VFP, under the control and supervision of the Secretary of National Defense and assisted by PVAO, aims to continuously uphold veterans welfare and provide assistance to war veterans and veterans of military campaigns, their surviving spouses and orphans.
Earlier in the day, the VFP received 10,000 face masks from the Republic of Korea, represented by Korean Embassy Defense Attaché COL Bae Jung Hoon. Receiving the donation were Undersecretary Mapagu, Undersecretary Carolina and Justice Pamaran. The face masks were pledged by the Republic of Korea to help protect veterans and their dependents from the ongoing outbreak of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID19).