FORT BONIFACIO, Taguig City – The Philippine Army releases the Special Financial Assistance (SFA) to the families of the 18 soldiers who were killed in the recent encounter in Tipo Tipo, Basilan province.
The Army has released a total of Php 3,289,254.50 to be given personally to the bereaved families of the slain troopers according to Col. Benjamin L. Hao, chief of the Army public affairs office.
“The SFA of the Philippine Army is computed based on their (18 soldiers) individual monthly earnings. This is an immediate monetary assistance which will be given to a soldier who were killed or died in line of duty,” said Hao.
“Based on the service records of the 18 soldiers, the family of the late 1Lt. Remigio B. Lecenia, an Army officer killed in the encounter will receive Php 282,303.95, while the family of late Private First Class Done Mark Gil A. Saldivar, the most junior personnel will receive Php 145,074.10,” Hao added.
Other assistance to be received by the families of the slain soldiers includes Php 50,000 cash from the AFP Mutual Benefits Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI); Php 100,000 cash from the Philippine Army Finance Center Producers Integrated Cooperative (PAFCPIC); Php 80,000 funeral services support; and scholarship grants to their children.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Army expressed its sympathy and condolences to the families of the slain soldiers and gave its assurance to continue to provide necessary assistance.
The Army will also give full military honors especially funeral honors, vigil, arrival and departure honors to the slain soldiers.
“Appropriate military honors is the least the Army can do for the men who fought gallantry for the country”, said Hao.