DAVAO CITY – President Duterte has mandated the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to facilitate the automatic membership of widows of slain soldiers to the government’s Pantawid program.
Speaking in Zamboanga Sibugay, President Duterte made the promise to the widows of 11 slain soldiers who died in the pursuit of terrorist group Abu Sayyaf.
At least 15 have died in the massive operation to “destroy” the ASG, upon the direct orders of President Duterte.
“Now, itong mga naiwan na pamilya ng mga sundalo. I’d like you to know that ano kayo, automatic member kayo sa 4Ps.
So may konting pera diyan buwan-buwan, saka may isang sakong bigas,” he said.
Rice subsidies will automatically be given to active duty soldiers, while 4Ps beneficiary widows will also be allocated the same.
“At kayong – as a soldier automatic iyan, ang sundalo may isang sakong bigas ngayon. May bigas ka na, tapos iyong 4Ps may isa pa, tapos konting pera,” Duterte said.
Widows need only to report to the nearest regional office of the DSWD, Duterte said. (Yas Ocampo)