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The AFP Retirees’Association hosted a symposium in Zamboanga Del Sur for the AFP Retirees in the region last November 19, 2021 at the Provincial Government Center in Pagadian City. The event was joined by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office-Field Service Extension Office (PVAO-FSEO) Zamboanga to discuss the programs and benefits of PVAO for the AFP retirees during the symposium. 186 participants including 40 members of the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) attended the symposium. 

During the event, Ms. Christine Y. Alegre, Head of the PVAO-FSEO Zamboanga presented an overview of the PVAO’s vision and mission and its services for the veterans and retirees including the pension and non-pension benefits that can be granted to the AFP retirees. She also introduced the Veterans Federation of the Philippines (VFP) and the benefits of being affiliated by the organization. The process and requirements of affiliation with VFP were also tackled by Ms. Alegro during the discussion.

The participants also raised some concerns with PVAO including the availability of a hospital that can offer free medical examination for retirees in nearby areas like the Veterans Memorial Medical Center here in Metro Manila and the possibility of opening an extension office in Pagadian City to serve the municipalities nearby.

Aside from this, PVAO-FSEO Zamboanga also provided assistance regarding the PVAO ID application, validation and verification of the retirees’applications. Meanwhile, the FSEO officers made sure to provide their contact information to communicate further regarding other concerns.

Aside from PVAO, the symposium was also partcipated by Armed Forces and Police Mutual Benefit Association, Inc. (AFPMBAI), and the Philippine Veterans Board (PVB). The said organizations discussed the benefits that the retirees can avail from their offices. The election of the Interim Officers of the AFP Retirees of Zamboanga Del Sur was also conducted during the program. The association has already started the completion of requirements to begin the process of affiliation with VFP as soon as possible.