By Freddie G. Lazaro
LAOAG CITY, July 3 (PIA) – The Air Materiel Wing Savings and Loan Association, Inc. (AMWSLAI) recently gave cash assistance to the families of fallen soldiers and cops in the ongoing terror attack in Marawi City.
Ret. Air Force Col. Ricardo L. Nolasco Jr., president and chairman of the AMWSLAI and the owner of the Hannah’s Beach Resort and Convention Center in Pagudpud, Ilocos Norte, said that it is a mandate of their company to help the families and dependents of the slain soldiers and policemen.
On June 17, AMWSLAI turned over P60,000 worth of cash assistance to one of the soldiers from Ilocos Region who was killed in action in the fight between the Philippine government forces and the Maute terror group in Marawi City.
In a simple ceremony in Laoag City, Nolasco handed over P60,000 to grieving Carmi Anno, the wife Army Corporal Elmer Macliing Anno, 32, of Barangay Rubio, Galimuyod, Ilocos Sur. Of the said amount, P30,000 came from AMWSLAI while the other half was from the Hannah’s Resort.
The giving of assistance to Carmi was realized with the intervention of the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Region 1.
“The giving of financial assistance by our company to the dependents of the fallen soldiers is our mandate to fill up the gaps of their needs while they are in deep grief to the loss of their loved ones,” Nolasco said.
Anno’s wife was the sixth recipient of cash assistance from AMWSLAI and Hannah’s Beach Resort.
The first five dependents earlier received their cash assistance during the 61st anniversary foundation of AMWSLAI on June 13 in Manila wherein the financial company also turned over another P500,000 worth of check to the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as aid to the dependents of other fallen soldiers in Marawi.
“All of us should give respect to our soldiers, who offer their lives to defend us from the terrorists. All of us Filipinos are in awe of the courage and heroism of our soldiers. They deserve our deepest gratitude and we mourn with their families and the whole country,” said Nolasco as he encouraged other private companies to pour in further assistance.
The AMWSLAI, one of the country’s well- known financial companies with stable assets and resources, is excellently serving the needs of the uniformed personnel in the country including their families and dependents. (Freddie G. Lazaro / PIA-1)