MANILA - The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) has opened a bank account for donations for all slain and wounded soldiers following the success of the call for aid for troops killed and hurt in the Marawi siege, military spokesperson Col. Edgard Arevalo said Wednesday.
"For all these, your AFP is eternally grateful. Many people continue to show their gratitude and support for soldiers. It is for this reason that the AFP decided to open an account for battle casualties in general," Arevalo said in a press conference.
The AFP had collected P317 million for Marawi troops, which was distributed among families of the 168 soldiers killed and 1,540 others wounded in the five-month conflict last year.
The AFP hopes to replicate the Marawi fund's success by setting "guidelines to ensure accountability and transparency" in the handling of the new "AFP Battle Casualty" account, he said.
Arevalo said cash donations for slain and wounded soldiers may be deposited to a Land Bank account under the name "AFP Battle Casualty" with account number 00000-552-107-179.
"The Armed Forces of the Philippines opened a bank account to accommodate donations from the public to benefit members of the AFP who were killed in action, or who were wounded in action, during military operations conducted anywhere in the country," he said.
"Donations in kind may be coursed through the AFP Civil Relations Service," Arevalo said.
The bank account for Marawi troops was opened in June 2017, a month after firefights erupted between state troops and Islamic State-linked terrorists in the lakeside Islamic City. Firefights were declared over in October, and rehabilitation efforts are underway.
A separate bank account for Marawi residents who were displaced by the war was also opened.