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PIA Press Release
2007/09/24

Council to ask GSIS to relax policy for seniors

By Eli C. Dalumpines

Cebu City (24 September) -- As payback to the services they rendered to the society when they were yet in their productive years, utmost service should be extended to the elderly in return.

It is along this line of argument that the Regional Inter-Agency Committee for Older Persons (RIACOP) proposed to ask the management of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to relax its policy towards older persons to ease their burden when they claim their retirement benefits.

This was in response to the complaints raised by government pensioners in a recent meeting of RIACOP in preparation for the Elderly Filipino Week celebration from October 1-7.

Government pensioners said the process adopted by GSIS of making those who are already frail and those who have problems with mobility appear personally before its office to apply for the e-card is too burdensome.

They claimed most of these pensioners can no longer endure standing up and waiting in queue as the GSIS express lane is too crowded, not to mention it being too stressful.

They demanded that GSIS should design ways to come to pensioners who have already in these physical conditions so as not to sacrifice their comfort.

GSIS officials, however, informed they have already started visiting pensioners who are already bed-ridden to enroll them for the e-card.

They admitted though that there have been delays in releasing accruals of the government pensioners due to the computerization that the agency initiated but they assured that this is just temporary.

Regional Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (RFSCAP) President Engr. Felix Abella, meanwhile, reported that only the general medical practitioners are giving discounts to the members of the senior citizens while the specialists don’t.

But RIACOP members expressed optimism that the Department of Health (DOH) can soon convince medical specialists to eventually give discounts to the elderly. (PIA 7) [top]

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