Bonjour. Mabuhay.

News tidbit for GSIS pensioners:

THE Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with the National Statistics Office (NSO) with regard the establishment of a pensioner database.

As per the MOA, the GSIS will provide the NSO with an initial list of all its old-age and survivorship pensioners, as well as a monthly report.

The NSO will then match the data with its own records and submit to the pension fund a report on who are already deceased or who have re-married in the case of survivorship pensioners.

“This will then be the basis of the GSIS in labeling or tagging the status of pensioner in its database,” GSIS president and general manager Robert Vergara was quoted as saying.

The initiative, he added, is part of the continuing efforts to provide more responsive service to GSIS members and pensioners. “We don’t want to impose unnecessary hardship on our more than 300,000 old-age and survivorship pensioners.”

The GSIS revoked the requirement for pensioners to renew their active status during their birth month effective last May 1.

But pensioners whose Annual Renewal of Active Status (Aras) were suspended as of April 30, and those whose monthly pension are about to be suspended due to their failure to renew their Aras during their birth months of February, March or April, need to still activate their status or their pension will be discontinued.

Pensioners living abroad are also required to renew their active status via video call or through the use of Skype, a web-based software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet free of charge. (CGC)