TUGUEGARAO CITY, Philippines- Pensioners of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) are now required to report personally to the state pension fund to revalidate their status as pensioners.
This after GSIS restored their Annual Pensioners Information Revalidation (APIR) policy requiring the annual reporting of all their pensioners.
In a press release, GSIS said the program requires all old-age and survivorship pensioners to appear personally at any GSIS office or use the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosk to activate their status and ensure the continuous receipt of their pension.
“Under APIR, GSIS will undertake a three-month reactivation period from March 23 to June 30, 2018. During this period, all pensioners who are 79 years old and below, regardless of birth month, will have to do the information revalidation process and reactivate their status,” the state fund said.
GSIS added that the following are not required to report for APIR during the 3-month reactivation period: permanent total disability pensioners; pensioners aged 80 and above or those with medical condition; legal guardians, who are not survivorship pensioners, of incapacitated and/or dependent children.
Also not required to report are old-age pensioners who are active GSIS members at the same time.
GSIS said pensioners may reactivate their status in GWAPS kiosks that are installed in GSIS offices; provincial capitols; city halls; selected municipal offices; large government agencies, such as the Department of Education.
Pensioners who are residing abroad are exempted from undertaking the APIR during the 3-month period because they have continuously been subjected to the annual renewal process of GSIS.
Meanwhile, GSIS President and General Manager Jesus Clint Aranas is calling pensioners to revalidate their status as “guardians of GSIS fund.”
“This is one way of ensuring that the System will be sustainable, which will benefit not only the present crop of pensioners, but future pensioners as well,” Aranas said in a press release.
For reactivation, pensioners are advised to bring their GSIS eCard or Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) card.
If the UMID card or eCard is not available, any two (2) valid government-issued IDs with picture and signature may be presented, the state pension fund added.
After the scheduled three-month reactivation period, pensioners are reminded to renew their status during their birth month as well,” GSIS advised. Northernforum.net