Update your annual status, GSIS tells Aklanon pensioners
by Venus G. Villanueva
Kalibo, Aklan (1 November) -- To be able to get their pensions regularly, Aklanon pensioners should always update their annual status, according to Ronie Abella, Satellite Head of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) office here.
Abella said requiring pensioners to update their status preferably upon celebrating their birthdays and before the fifth day of the month will also prevent the GSIS from incurring losses.
"We knew of a pensioner who already died but for five years, the GSIS religiously paid him his pensions," Abella said.
Abella was referring to the time when government retirees got their pensions through checks. For several years now, however, retirees draw their pensions from Automated Teller Machines (ATM) through the ECard.
"Now, if the retirees failed to receive their pensions on time, there could only be two reasons: the pensioner forgot to validate his status, or he has already died," Abella said.
According to Abella, the GSIS is doing its best to assist the pensioners in Aklan. Pensioners who are too old or weak need not go up to the third floor of the Capitol Building where the satellite office is located, but just wait downstairs while a guard calls the personnel at the third floor, and a staff will go down to see to the queries or problems of the pensioners.
GSIS also conducts home visitations to very sick or bedridden pensioners to verify their status. For those who are living far from Kalibo, Abella advised that they should have themselves photographed holding the latest issue of a newspaper for submission to the GSIS to prove that they are still alive, so they could continue receiving their pensions.
For loan applications of pensioners, Abella said they could now transact through the GWAPS kiosks, which are located in the municipal hall of Ibajay and at the ground floor of the Provincial Capitol.
"Those who could not transact business at the GWAPS kiosks can see me in the office. We are also accepting over-the-counter loan applications of pensioners now. We always do what we can do to deliver the services needed by GSIS members," Abella said.
Aklan has more or less 8,000 GSIS members, according to Abella. (PIA) [top]