The Government Service Insurance System is requiring all 8,492 old age and survivorship pensioners in Negros Oriental and Siquijor to appear at the GSIS office or in any GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System kiosk for reactivation of their status, for the use of their Unified Multipurpose IDs.
GSIS branch manager Mercedes Enriquez said Friday that under the Annual Pensioners Information Revalidation, all pensioners aged 79 years old and below are required to appear personally until June 30, 2018, or for a period of three months during their birth date or birth month.
However, pensioners whose birthdays or birth months do not fall within the three-month period, have to come back on their respective birth date or birth month from July 1, 2018 up to December 31, 2018 for reactivation. This is required under the law in order not to affect the actuarial fund for incoming pensioners, Enriquez said.
GWAPS kiosks are available in Canlaon City, Guihulngan City, Tayasan, Bais City, Tanjay City, Dauin, Siaton and Bayawan City, all in Negros Oriental.
For pensioners 80 years old and above, GSIS personnel will visit them in their residences, but it will take time before they can be reached due to lack of personnel. Enriquez enjoined old age pensioners who can still walk or ride vehicles to visit the GWAPs kiosk nearest them and swipe their UMID eCards.
Pensioners who are bedridden or cannot come due to illness may communicate with the GSIS office through a letter that is supported with a barangay or medical certification.
Pensioners are urged to take care of their UMID eCards because they have worked hard for it.
When a pensioner dies, the pension stops and the GSIS must be notified. If the pension is still received, the amount will be deducted upon the processing of burial benefits.*JG
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