The President of the United States signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 on February 17, 2009, authorizing the release of a one-time, lump-sum payment to eligible World War II (WWII) Philippine veterans. These payments are to be made through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs from a $198 million appropriation established for this purpose. Applying for this benefit will not affect other existing Veterans benefits.
For all Filipino World War II Veterans applying to receive their benefit under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Embassy is actively working to implement quickly this new law to ensure eligible veterans receive their rightful benefits as soon as possible. In order to best serve the Filipino veteran community and to provide those eligible veterans the opportunity to apply at the earliest opportunity, the application process no longer requires an in-person appearance.
As business in Panabo City in Davao Del Norte continues to boom, big and small business establishments in the city continue to extend their assistance to Bantay Bata 163's "Barya Mo Buhay Ko Coinbank Project."
For all Filipino World War II Veterans applying to receive their benefits under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the U.S. Embassy advises that there is no need to rush to the U.S. Embassy. Applications will be accepted for one year, until February 16, 2010. Please bring no more than two companions or helpers.
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs is reaching out to all Filipino WWII veterans regarding the new one-time lump-sum benefit payment signed into law on February 17, 2009.
More than 2,000 residents of Tagum City and Marilog in Davao City became the beneficiaries of We Care, a medical mission organized by the Carolina Medical Mission and Davao Jaycees with the help of Bantay Bata Davao.
Three year old Victoria Sanchez of Puerto Princesa City sought the help of Bantay Bata 163 for her worsening heart ailment.
Born with congenital heart ailment, Gynalyn Molar underwent open heart surgery three years ago (2006) with assistance from Bantay Bata donors. Now an active and healthy child, she still needs maintenance medication in order to fully recover.
The family of three-year-old Kristine Joy Dimalanta is appealing for assistance for two more operations that would repair her imperforate anus. Her family said they are not able to provide for her medical needs. Already depending on relatives in Manila, they are hoping that they can return to Zambales, with good news that this young girl is in much better condition.
The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Thursday announced that green passports are valid until their expiration date.