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GSIS explains upgraded e-Card for pensioners

By Rose B. Palacio

Davao City (13 April) -- The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) explained the upgraded version of the e-Card, called the e-Card Plus, which removes the need for pensioners to go personally to GSIS offices to comply with their yearly reporting requirement.

GSIS Davao manager Mario Mojica said the annual reporting of pensioners is being required as part of the monitoring system to determine their current status.

With their e-Card plus, pensioners can simply report to the GSIS virtually by going to the nearest GSIS Wireless Automated System or GW@PS kiosk, which are now installed in all GSIS offices and soon, in major government offices like the DepEd division offices, provincial capitols and municipal halls of remote towns.

The GW@PS kiosk is an ATM-type of a device that can replicate the most common transactions available in a GSIS office. It was developed locally by the GSIS, combining some of the most advanced technologies in the world such as radio frequency identification (RFID), biometrics, general packet radio service (GPRS), short messages services (SMS), and virtual private network (VPN), among others.

Members using their e-Cards can access their personal records, verify status of their loans and apply for loans online through the GW@PS kiosks.

The GSIS is even enrolling US-based GSIS pensioners to the e-Card Plus. GW@PS kiosks are now being installed in the Philippine Consular Offices in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.

The rollout of the e-Card and GW@PS kiosks abroad will allow our pensioners to transact with the GSIS without having to travel back to the Philippines, Manager Mojica said.

The pension e-Crediting should not come as a surprise to pensioners. The issuance of the e-Card to pensioners started as early as December 2005 and the announcement for the e-Crediting of pensions beginning January 2007 had been repeated many times over last year.

As of February 2007, there are already 126,854 pensioners who have been issued their e-Cards out of the total 136,145.

As of April this year, we expect that all pensioners have been given their respective e-Cards for a more efficient and effective services they could avail of the GSIS. (PIA) [top]

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