GSIS to implement anew old policy on pensioners

THE GOVERNMENT Service Insurance System (GSIS) has implemented again the policy that requires pensioners, ages 79 years old and below, to personally appear before the agency.

Cecilia G. Vega, branch manager of GSIS Davao, said yesterday in the Kapehan sa Dabaw at SM City Davao-Annex that they are reimplementing the policy to revalidate the information of the pensioners, reactivate their status and check if they are still alive.

“With this, we are conducting revalidation that began on March 23 and would end on June 30. Those who will fail to comply will be subject for the suspension of their pension,” Vega said as the revalidation will be done every year.

The policy, she said, was last implemented in 2011.

In a statement, the GSIS said the policy pertains to their program dubbed annual pensioners information revalidation that requires old-age and survivorship pensioners to personally appear at any offices of the agency or the agency’s wireless automated processing system kiosk.

Those ages 80 and above or those with medical conditions are not required to personally appear before the agency. The policy also exempted those residing in the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao, as they have been subjected to annual revalidation, and those who are abroad.

“But if they could not personally come in the office or in any of the agency’s kiosks, they should inform us and write a letter request with complete address and sketch of their address so we will be the ones that would visit to the pensioner,” Vega said.

GSIS Davao recorded about 7,000 pensioners in the region.

For the purpose of reactivation of their status, pensioners have to bring their GSIS eCard, unified multi-purpose identification card, or any two valid government-issued IDs with picture and signature may be presented.

The GSIS will also set up a caravan in city and municipal halls in the region for the conduct of revalidation of the pensioners.

“We urge the pensioners to comply with this so that their pensions would not be suspended,” Vega said.

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