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Co-Sponsorship Speech on SB No. 1917, Amending R. A. No. 10084, Granting Survivorship Benefits to Deceased Retired Officers of Constitutionally-Created Offices

October 1, 2018

Senator Loren Legarda
Co-Sponsorship Speech on SB No. 1917,
Amending R. A. No. 10084,
Granting Survivorship Benefits to Deceased Retired Officers of Constitutionally-Created Offices
1 October 2018 | Senate Session Hall

Mr. President,

It is with great pleasure that I register my full and unequivocal support for the passage of Senate Bill No. 1917, which seeks to grant rights of survivorship benefits not only to the surviving legitimate spouse of a deceased retired member of the Commission on Audit (COA), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Elections, and the Ombudsman, but also to the dependent children of those members of these offices who are solo parents, as well as the surviving parents or nominated person/s of such deceased retiree.

Recognizing the emerging nuances in the set-up of modern-day Filipino families, and heeding the call for fairness and equality to the members of these constitutionally-created offices who are unmarried or are solo parents, such bill is needed to ensure that qualified beneficiaries are rightfully provided with benefits and entitlements as allowed by law. Ultimately, this will contribute in our effort to recognize the commitment and sacrifices rendered by these officials in their service of our country and of the Filipino people.

In view of the aforementioned, the passage of the said measure is earnestly requested.

Thank you, Mr. President.