The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) launched in the city Thursday the Annual Pensioners Identification Revalidation (APIR) program that seeks to revalidate the status of its old-age and survivorship pensioners to avoid overpayment.
Scheduled to start on March 23, GSIS Branch Manager Marina Ignacio said APIR aims to update the status of an estimated 3,151 old-age and survivorship pensioners in the city and province.
“Ito ay para pangalagaan ang ating pondo kasi marami na sa ating mga pensioners ang namamatay na at hindi nai-re-report sa ating pamunuan. So nagkakaroon tayo ng overpayment. Malaki ang nawawalang pondo sa GSIS,” she said during a press conference at a restaurant in the city.
Old-age pensioners (OAP) and survivorship pensioners (SP), who are 79 years old and below are required to personally appear at the GSIS office starting March 23 to June 30, 2018.
They may also use the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) Kiosk to activate their status if they are ill or disabled and cannot personally show themselves.
She said they can also request for home visits from GSIS personnel, who will be willing to go to facilitate their reactivation.
“This is for the non-interruption of their monthly pension benefits, and to ensure the sustainability of the GSIS,” she said.
If a pensioner fails to appear without valid reason, his/her pension benefits will be suspended by the GSIS in July until such time it has been reactivated.
Ignacio disclosed that in Palawan, they recently discovered that they have been overpaying more than P1 million to the caretaker of a pensioner who had already died in Culion.
“Wala kasi siyang pamilya and ‘yong namatay hindi nai-report ng katiwala niya. Then ‘yong katiwala ang continuously na nagwi-withdraw kasi through ATM tayo. Imagine mo yan kung ‘yan ay nangyayari sa buong Pilipinas,” Ignacio said.
She said APIR caravans will also be set up in selected municipalities in Palawan. These are aside from their GWAPS that are located in Narra, Brooke’s Point, Taytay, and Roxas, among others.