The state pension fund has extended the deadline for the Annual Pensioner’s Information Revalidation (APIR), the program that requires all old-age and survivorship pensioners to appear personally at any of its offices or through the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) to activate their status.
In a press statement, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) said Tuesday that its has moved the May 15 deadline to June 30 due to the continuous threat of COVID-19.
The old-age and survivorship pensioners born in the months of March, April, and May no longer need to go to the GSIS branches to renew their active status for the time being.
“Old-age and survivorship pensioners born in March, April and May need not go to GSIS branches to renew their active status for the time being. We advise them to postpone visiting our branches. They can do their APIR at a later date through our GWAPS kiosks located in large government offices, provincial capitols, city and municipal offices, selected SM and Robinsons malls and GSIS offices. Anyway, they have until 30 June 2020 to do their APIR,” GSIS president and general manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet said.
The APIR requires all old-age and survivorship pensioners to personally appear before GSIS offices during their birth months as a prerequisite to continue receiving their pensions.
However, the state pension fund announced the moving of the deadline for the second time from May 15 to June 30 in order to ensure the well-being of elderly pensioners who are considered as most vulnerable to the virus.
GSIS added that it will be issuing further advisories and advised pensioners who have inquiries on APIR extension to visit the GSIS website: www.gsis.gov.ph ; through its Facebook page and electronic mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the GSIS Contact Center at 8847-4747 (if in Metro Manila) or 1-800-8-847-4747 (for Globe and TM subscribers) and 1-800-10-847-4747 (for Smart, Sun, and Talk ‘N’ Text subscribers).
“We are closely monitoring the situation and will be issuing further advisories as developments unfold. But for now, I would like to assure our pensioners that their safety is our primordial concern,” Macasaet said.