THE House of Representatives has approved on second reading a proposed law seeking to grant survivorship benefits to the dependent children of a deceased retired member of the Commission on Audit (CoA), Civil Service Commission (CSC), Commission on Elections (Comelec) and the Ombudsman, who is a solo parent, or the surviving parents or nominated persons of such deceased retiree.
House Bill (HB) No. 7820, principally authored by Ilocos Norte Rep. Rodolfo Fariñas, aims to advance the policy of the State to strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution, taking into account the variety of family composition that has been undergoing fundamental changes in the society.
To fulfill this objective, the bill proposes to amend Republic Act (RA) No. 10084 entitled “An Act Granting Survivorship Benefits to the Surviving Legitimate Spouse Of A Deceased Retired Member of the Commission On Audit, Civil Service Commission On Elections and The Ombudsman, and For Other Purposes.”
The bill seeks to include a new Section 1-A to RA No. 10084 which shall read as follows: “In case the deceased retired chairman of the Commission on Audit, Civil Service Commission, Commission on Elections, and the Ombudsman was unmarried.”