GSIS to remove survivorship benefits to employed spouses
by Fryan E. Abkilan
Surigao City (24 February) -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will now strictly implement the provisions of the law that defines the eligibility for survivorship pension starting next month (March) of this year.
In announcement during the RDC Full Council Meeting held Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2010 at Hotel Tavern, Surigao City, GSIS Caraga Regional Manager Mamole Pangandaman said that as stated in the Presidential Decree No. 1146 which was later amended through Republic Act 8291, also known as the GSIS Act of 1997, new or existing survivorship pensioners working in the government or private sector, gainfully engaged in a business, or currently receiving other pension are not qualified for the survivorship pension.
"Surviving legitimate spouse shall be entitled to survivorship benefits if he/she is unemployed, not gainfully engaged in a business activity (self-employed), not receiving any other pension either from GSIS or another local or foreign institution."
"Therefore, a legitimate spouse who is gainfully employed is not entitled to receive the survivorship benefit because he/she is not dependent on his/her spouse for support," Pangandaman added.
In line with this, the GSIS said it will start suspending the monthly benefits of the spouses of deceased pensioners who are found to be gainfully employed or have other sources of income. Moreover, he/she will be ordered to reimburse all survivorship pensions improvidently paid to them through salary deductions. (PIA-Surigao del Norte) [top]