QUEZON CITY – Medal of Valor awardees and their dependents will now receive numerous benefits and social support from the government as thirteen (13) departments and agencies formalized the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of Republic Act No. 9049 or the Monthly Gratuity and Privileges to an Awardee of the Medal of Valor.
Under the IRR, the Department of Transportation (DOTr), as one of the participating agencies supporting the implementation of RA 9049, will grant a 20% discount to Medal of Valor Awardees and their qualified dependents for all public transportation systems covering air, sea, and land travel.
For air and sea travel, the discount shall be applied on the actual fare. For land travel, the fare discount can be availed on public utility buses, public utility jeepneys, taxis, shuttle services, Transport Network Companies (TNCs) or Mobile Service Providers (MSPs), and railways.
Attached agencies of the DOTr that will honor the privileges of Medal of Valor Awardees include the Maritime Industry Authority (MARINA), Philippine Ports Authority (PPA), Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB), Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA), Philippine National Railways (PNR), Metro Rail Transit 3 (MRT-3), and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB).
During the signing ceremony held today, 31 July 2019, Defense Secretary Delfin Lorenzana commended the solidarity of various government agencies in honoring the heroism and dedication of Medal of Valor awardees, as the law can now be implemented since it was passed in 2001.
“This is the government’s support to the Medal of Valor Awardees and their dependents. The participation of other government agencies is a harmonious cooperation, as after 18 years, we can finally bring fulfillment to this legislation,” Secretary Lorenzana said.
For his part, DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade said that the signing of the IRR is testament to the Duterte administration’s political will to express gratitude to our uniformed heroes by way of legislation.
“Ngayon ‘ho, ang pamahalaang Duterte ay inaalala kayo sa tunay na pamumuhay. Maliit na kontribusyon, dasal ‘ho namin, ‘yung maliit na binhi na ating itinatanim ngayon ay lumaki at mamayagpag, upang sa ganoon, a grateful nation can manifest and express their gratitude to you, the love for you, and their appreciation for all your services,” Secretary Tugade expressed.
Free terminal fees at all NAIA terminals and PPA seaports
The transportation chief also announced during the signing ceremony that the PPA and the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) will soon implement free terminal fees at all PPA-owned and operated seaports and at all four terminals of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA).
“Napag-usapan ‘ho namin na sa NAIA Terminal 1, 2, 3, at 4, lahat ‘ho ng terminal fee ng mga awardees ng Medal of Valor, libre, kasama mga dependents, domestic man o international flight. Lahat din po ng terminal fees sa mga seaport na pag-aari ng gobyerno, mina-manage at ino-operate ng PPA, gagawin din po naming libre,” Secretary Tugade said.
Officials present during the signing ceremony include Department of Education (DOE) Secretary Leonor Briones, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) Secretary Roy Cimatu, Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Eduardo Año, Department of Agrarian Reform (DAR) Secretary John Castriciones, Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Benjamin Madrigal, Commission on Higher Education (CHED) Chairperson Prospero De Vera III, Civil Service Commission (CSC) Chairperson Alicia Dela Rosa-Bala, Department of Health (DOH) Assistant Secretary Elmer Punzalan, MIAA General Manager Ed Monreal, PPA General Manager Jay Santiago, Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) Commandant Admiral Elson Hermogino, and National Housing Authority (NHA) representative Architect Susana Nonato.