The family of the Late Cpl. Benito G. Serrano, who died on  May 23, 2017, while fighting against the Maute Terrorist group in Marawi City, will be given a livelihood assistance of P20,000.00  before the end of July 2017.

DOLE-SDSFO personnel visited the bereaved family of the late Cpl. Serrano last June 21, 2017 and was able to talk with Mrs. Ligaya C. Serrano and the parents of late Cpl. Serrano. According to his parents, Cpl. Serrano was made to choose whether to take a break in May 2017 or spent his break during the delivery of their second child, yet he chose the latter because he wanted to be with her wife during her delivery, but fate did not allow it to happen.

I was so devastated after knowing that my husband was among the soldiers who were killed in Marawi City. But when I knew about the assistance and support of the DOLE and ECC, I was little bit relieved. I am so thankful to DOLE,” Mrs. Ligaya C. Serrano, wife of the late Cpl. Serrano

She also expressed her gratitude to the department for being a big help to start her own livelihood project, of which she intends to engage in hog raising, through the DOLE’s Assistance to AFP and PNP Killed-In-Action and Wounded-in-Action (KIA/WIA) Casualties and Their Beneficiaries Program.

Cpl. Benito G. Serrano, a hero not only in the eyes of his family but of the entire nation because of his heroic act when he fought against the Maute Terrorist Group in Marawi City. He was a member of PA, 4LRC, Light Reaction Regimen and has been in the active service for nine (9) years already. He died at the age of 33. His wife, Ligaya C. Serrano, is connected with Department of Education and is presently teaching at Maglambing Integrated School, Maglambing, Tagbina, Surigao del Sur.

She is due to deliver their second baby by end of June or 1st week of July in Davao City. They have a child in the name of Reign, who is four years old.  Mrs. Serrano said that she did not expect that in December 2016 was already their last time to be together. However, amidst the tragedy she still sees hope for her family and the country. ©DOLE-SDS

Prepared by:

Ms. Genebelle B. Bal

DOLE-SDSFO, Provincial Head