MANILA – The Department of National Defense (DND) is doing its best to boost the morale of soldiers and their families through its Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP), Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said.
"To increase the morale of our soldiers, we support the roll out of the CSBP for those who are wounded in action and for the families of our troops who perished in battles," Lorenzana said earlier this week.
Active soldiers and their loved ones are also provided with benefits, such as housing, pay raise, educational support for their children, among others, he added.
President Rodrigo Duterte’s recent order to release PHP500 million for the treatment and rehabilitation of military personnel wounded in the five-month battle to retake Marawi City from Maute group terrorists has boosted troop morale.
More than 1,000 troops from the Philippine Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force were estimated to have been wounded while 165 were killed in the battle that began May 23 and ended on October 23. (PNA)