Roxas said the government will grant them the death benefits which include gratuity equivalent to one year salary, monthly pension for five years equivalent to 80% of the deceased's basic monthly pay, and burial expenses equivalent to three months basic salary,
Mejia’s child will also be given educational assistance from kindergarten to college, he said,
Roxas assured the family that that they will receive the benefits in the soonest possible time.
The Secretary handed P50,000 from the President’s special fund to Mejia’s wife and asked her what other help the government extend to them.
Miya said she hoped the government could help her build a house as PO2 Mejia has already purchased a lot where they plan to build their house this April.
Roxas asked Mejia’s parents of any sickness or medical condition they are suffering from as the government can extend medical assistance to them. The parents also requested the Secretary to help in the employment of their son’s widow as well as the transfer of assignment of Mejia’s brother Marco, who is in the military and his sister Ruby, a teacher in Pasay City, to Luzon.
The Secretary said he cannot promise but will do everything he can to facilitate the requests.
Roxas personally handed out his calling card to Mejia’s widow and told her to contact him if problems arise.
“I know that these benefits will never be enough and cannot compensate for the loss, but I hope it can somehow help,” Roxas said in his solemn talk with the family,
Meanwhile the Department of Social Welfare and Development gave initial assistance to the family in terms of food items and has conducted a critical stress debriefing for the family,
PO2 Mejia’s interment was scheduled today, Thursday. His remains was brought to the San Nicolas Municipal Hall where members of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan presented a Resolution honouring his bravery. He was laid to rest at the municipal cemetery where he was honoured with a 21-gun salute. (VHS/PIA-1, Pangasinan)