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                Department of National Defense Secretary Delfin N. Lorenzana led the inauguration of the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office’s (PVAO) new 2Lt Jose S. Lina, Sr. Digitization Office on June 16, 2022 at the Veterans Compound, Camp general Emilio Aguinaldo, Quezon City. The inauguration commenced with the blessing of the newly-built building led by Colonel Daniel Tansip, the Acting Chief Chaplain of the Armed Forces of the Philippines Chaplain Service.

                Usec. Ernesto G. Carolina, in his message, recalled the digitization journey of PVAO which started in early 2011 when the agency participated in an Integrity Development Summit where the Bureau of Customs (BOC) presented its own digitization initiative. The Agency was then introduced to Dynamic Outsource Solution Incorporated or DOS 1 of the Lina Group of Companies (LGC), the company responsible in BOC’s digitization project.

                Helmed by Mr. Alberto “Bert” D. Lina, Founder and Chairman of the Lina Group of Companies and is also a son of World War II Veteran, 2Lt. Jose S. Lina Sr., the DOS1 provided its services, expertise, and resources to PVAO to digitize its historical, pensioners, and administrative records. After almost two years of digitization operations, DOS1 digitized a total of 1,521,823 documents. Inspired by the memory of his father’s service during the war, Mr. Albert Lina waived the payment for the equipment, training and technical services rendered by the DOS1 and instead provided their digitization services for free via a Deed of Donation.

                Usec. Carolina expressed PVAO’s gratitude to DOS1 and Mr. Alberto Lina for their unwavering support and generous donation to the veterans community, emphasizing the importance of the digitization system in securing important and historical records. He also explained that the naming of the Digitization Office after 2Lt. Jose Lina Sr. is not only in honor of his heroism and   sacrifices during the Second World War but also for inculcating patriotism among his descendants which redound to the betterment of services to all Filipino veterans. 

                “There are many World War II heroes, and many of them have been forgotten, their heroic deeds buried with them in their grave. But we are honoring 2Lt Jose S. Lina, Sr. not only for his heroic deeds but for sowing the seeds of heroism and passing on the DNA of love for country and patriotism to his children,” Usec. Carolina said.

                Mr. Alberto Lina turned emotional when he acknowledged the honor PVAO has given to his father, 2Lt. Jose Lina, Sr., remembering that he only spent eight (8) years together with him while growing up. In his speech, he shared how his father was a hardworking man who worked as a driver prior to the war. When the war broke out, his father, without hesitation, joined the guerillas to defend the country against the foreign oppressors.

                Mr. Lina also shared that his family is inspired by their late father’s generosity of spirit and is thrilled that his memory can       continue to inspire others through the newly established Digitization Office.  “We stand ready for any opportunity to support our beloved nation especially when it comes to our veterans. Just call on us and we will cheerfully be there,” he added.

                 Guest of Honor and Speaker, Defense Secretary Lorenzana also thanked Mr. Lina for the support he has provided PVAO for its digitization project. “On behalf of the One Defense Team, I convey my sincerest gratitude and appreciation to the Lina Group of Companies, headed by Bert Lina, and DOS1, Mr. Edgardo Cayton. I am certain that your generosity stems from the legacy of your great father.”

Sec. Lorenzana also emphasized that Mr. Lina’s generosity “will improve the overall process in verifying the identities of     veterans which is critical in administering benefits and pensions.”

The Lina Family including Former Senator Jose S. Lina Jr., Mr. Edgardo Lina, Sr., Mrs. Sylvia Lina, Ms. April Rose Lina-Arboleda, Ms. Donna May Lina, Ms. Sheila Lina, Mr. Edgardo Lina Jr., and Ms. Helen Lina attended the event. Mr. Edgardo Cayton, President of DOS1, Mr. Joel Paz, Manager of DOS1, and Atty. Geraldine Paloma of the LGC were also present during the inauguration rites.

A signing of the deed of donation for the digitization services provided by DOS1 to PVAO was also held during the program.

The 2Lt. Jose S. Lina, Sr. Digitization Office will be the center for document digitization and records management of PVAO. It was established to preserve, protect and secure the historical, pensioner, and administrative records of the Agency through an effective Digitized Records Management System and the implementation of new business standards in electronics records management.

PVAO’s Digitization Office will ensure the fidelity and reliability of the digitization of the files and documents of Filipino veterans and their dependents by reducing human handling of physical documents and records; preventing any fraudulent activities to PVAO records; digitizing all non-current PVAO records; and providing an ICT solution for the efficient management of PVAO records.