Duterte approves social benefits for killed, wounded uniformed personnel

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) - President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Tuesday an executive order providing social benefits to police and military personnel who are either killed or wounded in state-sanctioned operations.

Under Executive Order No. 110, members of the military and the police who are wounded or killed in action in operations sanctioned by the state shall be entitled to benefits, such as financial assistance, health and medical care assistance, and educational assistance.

The Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP) covers policemen, soldiers and their qualified beneficiaries. Uniformed personnel of the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, Bureau of Fire Protection, the Philippine Coast Guard, and members of the Citizen Armed Force Geographical Unit/CAFGU Active Auxiliary units who become casualties during military and police operations, and their qualified beneficiaries, are also entitled to the program.

"There is a need to enhance and rationalize existing assistance and benefits given to police, military, and their support units through a comprehensive social benefits program in recognition of their invaluable contribution to the pursuit of just and lasting peace," Duterte said in the order signed on Tuesday.

"The order shall take effect immediately," he added.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) and Department of National Defense (DND) will jointly lead the implementation of the program.

The order states that all concerned agencies will have to submit biannual implementation and budget utilization reports on the status of the CSBP to the DILG and DND, with a copy furnished the Presidential Management Staff and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM).

The DND and DILG will also have to submit an annual report to the Office of the President.

Funding will come from existing appropriations of the implementing agencies and other appropriate funding sources identified by the DBM.