National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana led the Wreath Laying Ceremony on April 5, 2018 at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Libingan ng mga Bayani, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City.
He was assisted by Army Vice Commander Major General Robert M. Arevalo.
The ceremony is an institutional way of venerating the memory of Filipino patriots and martyrs who laid down their lives for the motherland, the Department of National Defense (DND) said. It is part of Philippine Veterans Week.
“Recognizing the veterans’ great contribution to society, the Department of National Defense, through the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO), endeavors to honor them through programs that intend to ensure their welfare and well-being and that of their families.” Secretary Lorenzana said during his speech.
Secretary Lorenzana mentioned that President Rodrigo Duterte provided PhP150 million for the Veterans Memorial Medical Center (VMMC) for the further improvement of its facilities, services, and equipment as the President intends to provide the best hospital for the veterans.
As instructed by the President, PHP100 million will be allotted for medical equipment and the PHP 50 million for medicines.
“Indeed, your One Defense Team is doing all we can to facilitate the continuous stream of benefits for our veterans. This reflects that our first commitment is to our people—not only to our war veterans, but to our present and future defenders as well,” Secretary Lorenzana said.