February 9, 2023

Six dependents of military and police personnel who were killed or wounded in action were provided with skills training and capability-building under the government’s Comprehensive Social Benefits Program (CSBP). 
The beneficiaries from Abra, Baguio, Benguet, Ifugao, and Mountain Province who completed the free training and were issued certificates by the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority were Narcy Batalier, Lydia Padawil, Marvelyn Casil, Analiza Abing, Lilibeth Wacguisan, and Ada Gallao.
They were also provided with financial literacy training by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and entrepreneurship training by the Department of Trade and Industry.
“The skills training is provided in the memorandum of agreement signed among government agencies involved in the CSBP,” said Tesda-Cordillera Scholarship focal person Susan Carbonell.   
A major benefit for the beneficiaries is the Special Financial Assistance (SFA) which is given in two tranches. 
Carbonell said that the first tranche of the SFA, amounting to P250,000 for beneficiaries of military and police personnel who were killed-in-action and the P100,000 for beneficiaries of those who were wounded in action, will be immediately be given to the legitimate dependents.   
Upon completion of the skills training and capability-building programs, the remaining balance of the SFA will be released.
The second tranche amounts to P250,000 for beneficiaries of those who were killed-in-action and P150,000 for beneficiaries of those who were wounded-in-action.  
To date, 16 beneficiaries from the Cordillera have availed of the CSBP benefits. 
The CSBP was established to help the families of men in uniform who were killed or wounded in action or during police operations and in recognition of their heroism while serving the nation. – TESDA release