Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Eduardo Año is joined on stage by the wives of three Marawi Heroes who were Killed-In-Action during the rebellion in Marawi City; (from left) Mrs. Ludivina Hollero, Mrs. Leah Dinglasan, and Mrs. Remedios Lopez at the AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO) Stakeholders Recognition Ceremony, Friday night, 15 September 2017 at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club in Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
CAMP AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) awarded scholarships to dependents of soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the rebellion in Marawi, Friday night, 15 September 2017 here at the AFP Commissioned Officers Club.
“The AFP Chief of Staff, General Eduardo Año himself awarded the scholarship certificates to the dependents of TSg Aldrin Dinglasan PN(M), Pfc Jobert Hollero PA, and SSg Larry Lopez PA, all of whom died while fighting the Maute-ISIS terrorist group in Marawi City,” Marine Colonel Edgard Arevalo, AFP Public Affairs Chief said.
All three children of the late TSg Dinglasan as well as the two dependents of SSg Lopez will receive monthly tuition and stipend grants to help them finish their studies until college.
The scholarship falls under Republic Act 6963 which is being implemented by the AFP Educational Benefit System Office (AFPEBSO). The act grants special financial assistance and benefits to families or beneficiaries of uniformed men and women who were either killed or permanently incapacitated while in the performance of duty.
Aside from one of Dinglasan’s children who is now a 4th-year college student, all dependents are either in grade school or in kindergarten. Late Pfc Hollero’s infant will also be assured of monthly educational assistance upon age.
The awarding of scholarships was held during the Stakeholders Recognition Ceremony organized by the AFEBSO, Friday night. General Año graced the event as the Guest of Honor and Speaker. The event recognized 18 partner schools and institutions of the AFP for their support to the education of military dependents.
The AFPEBSO also honored 16 of its grantees, one of whom graduated Magna Cum Laude, while five (5) are Cum Laude graduates. Fifteen (15) scholars were also awarded for their outstanding extra-curricular achievements.
The AFPEBSO is one of the military’s morale and welfare arm. It has been providing educational assistance to qualified dependents of military personnel since its activation in 2000. It caters particularly to the disadvantaged orphans whose parents have died or were incapacitated in combat. Lieutenant Colonel Antonio B Dulnuan Jr. currently heads the office.
“At present, the AFP through EBSO is supporting 3,961 grantees nationwide. These are the beneficiaries of 285 programs consisting of law mandated programs and those by virtue of partnerships with educational, government, socio-civic, and financial institutions,” Colonel Arevalo said.
“It is one of the AFP’s missions through the AFPEBSO to support the dependents and beneficiaries of our soldiers. Through our program of ‘Leaving No Soldier’s Orphan Behind, we commit ourselves to ensure a brighter future for the families left behind by our soldiers who sacrificed their lives to attain just and lasting peace for our country,” General Año said.
“On behalf of the whole Armed Forces of the Philippines, I thank all our partner institutions and stakeholders for their contributions to the academic success of our scholars. The achievements of our beneficiaries bring about pride and fulfilment not only for the AFP but to its partners as they contribute to the welfare improvement of our soldiers’ families,” General Año added.