PRRD approves law granting benefits to deceased gov’t prosecutors’ kin

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MANILA – President Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed into law a measure granting survivorship benefits to the legitimate spouse and dependent children of a deceased retired member of the National Prosecution Service (NPS).

Under Republic Act (RA11643), the surviving legitimate spouse and dependent children of said deceased member are mandated to be entitled to receive all the retirement benefits that the deceased was receiving or entitled to receive, provided that the deceased state prosecutor is eligible to retire optionally at the time of death.

NPS members shall include all prosecutors in the Office of the Secretary of Justice, the Regional Prosecution Offices, and the offices of the Provincial and City Prosecutors.

RA 11643 refers to “dependent” as a legitimate, illegitimate, or legally adopted child who is primarily dependent on the said deceased member of the NPS.

They must be 21 years old and below, unmarried and unemployed, or regardless of age, is incapable of self-support because of any mental or physical defect or condition.

According to the law, the surviving legitimate spouse shall continue to receive said retirement benefits during their lifetime until such spouse remarries, provided that the surviving spouse and dependent children share the retirement benefits equally.

The amount required to implement this Act immediately shall be included in the annual General Appropriations Act.

The surviving spouse and dependent children of NPS member who died one year prior to the effectivity date of this Act are also entitled to the benefits set out in this Act.

RA 11643 was signed by Duterte on Tuesday but was issued to reporters on Thursday,

This act is a consolidation of House Bill No. 9087 and Senate Bill No. 2373 was passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate of the Philippines on November 29, 2021 and November 8, respectively.

House committees to hold hearings during break

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Spread the loveMANILA – The House of Representatives has authorized for its committees to conduct hearings during the five-week congressional break, extending until late April.