By Rey Anthony Chiu | 07:24 PM October 06, 2021
In 2019, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office in Bohol Field Service Extension Office (PVAO FSEO) recovered for the government some P5M in payments of benefits and pensions for veterans who have already died but their records remain not updated.
And if, the veteran has now failed to receive his monthly benefits, that is because of the failure of the veteran to update by validation, Bohol PVAO FSEO Mario Blasabas said.
The temporary suspension of the benefits happened after the office was able to clean up the records and sort out those who can still get their pensions and benefits as against those who have long died, or those who have not updated their records by validation, he explained.
And helping them sort out the records is the validation system which the PVAO is implementing to refresh their records especially that veterans are at the golden ages of their lives.
In the time of the pandemic, as part of the PVAO’s precautionary measure to prevent the spread of emerging infectious diseases, all pension validation, which includes lifting and resumption of pension due to non-validation, would be done on a no-contact basis.
For this, PVAO Bohol said veterans records can be validated through online platforms and any of the following:
For those wanting to get an online interview, send to PVAO an email request at email@example.com and make sure to indicate in the subject: For Online Interview. On this, PVAO with send an email reply with a link veteran would have to click to get to a questionnaire the veteran will accomplish. In the email, attach a clear photo or screenshots of any two valid government IDs, Affidavit of Surviving Spouse (to be sent on your email and to be accomplished by the surviving spouse only), and screenshot of the preferred videoconferencing application (i.e. Skype, FB Messenger, Viber (mobile number), Zoom (email account), or Google Meet (email account).
Another online option is for pensioners who are not adept at using a videoconferencing application, but has an internet connection. For them they need to email PVAO at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate in the subject: For PVAO validation. PVAO will send an email reply whith a link the vetern has to click to accomplish the google form and then attach a clear photo or screenshots of any 2 valid government IDs, a clear snapshot or photo of the pensioner holding a current newspaper with the headline and date of publication prominently displayed, or photo of the pensioner with the background of the news crawler or ticker on TV showing the current headline and date, affidavit of Surviving Spouse (to be emailed and to be accomplished by the surviving spouse only).
Still another option is for pensioners to accomplish the Pensioner’s Update Form (PUF), and send the duly accomplished PUF via mail to Veterans Records Management Division, Philippine Veterans Affairs Office, Camp Gen. Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City 1110. Also, they need to attach a clear Snapshot Photo of the pensioner holding a current newspaper with the headline and date of publication prominently displayed, or photo of the pensioner with the background of the news crawler or ticker on TV showing the current headline and date, and clear photo/screenshots of any 2 valid government IDs.
The PUF can be downloaded at http://www.pvao.gov.ph under Downloadable Forms.
Here at the PVAO FSEO, they also accept personal validation or submission of PUF by authorized representatives, or by slow mail.
For veteran’s safety in the pandemic, those opting for personal validation have to go to PVAO FSEO Bohol for the quick response code on the online appointment and for any questing regarding the updating of records. (rahc/PIA-7/Bohol)