GSIS to deliver X’mas benefits to teachers

THE Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has committed to deliver full benefits to public school teachers this December as soon as the data reconciliation effort is completed.

GSIS president and general manager Robert Vergara signed this week a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Department of Education (DepEd) to update the service records of all DepEd teaching and non-teaching personnel.

Vergara said the MOU signifies the commitment of the pension fund to put to rest all issues with the DepEd, particularly teachers’ concerns.

DepEd personnel, including teaching and non-teaching, have complained of slow delivery of GSIS benefits due to outdated data and erroneous lenght of service records.

“We hope that this MOU puts us firmly on the path of engagement and cooperation in order to resolve the issues that are afflicting our teachers.  This way they can concentrate on the more important task of educating our youth for the greater challenges of tomorrow,” he said.

The signing of the MOU also coincides with the celebration of the World Teachers’ Day.

Vergara signed the agreement on behalf of the GSIS, while Secretary Armin A. Luistro, FSC signed on behalf of the DepEd.

“The signing of the MOU forms part of our commitment to engage and cooperate with our member agencies in order to resolve issues on service records,” the GSIS chief said.

Under the MOU, the DepEd undertakes to complete the submission of all service records of its teaching and non-teaching personnel to the GSIS on or before December 15, 2010.

The DepEd also agrees to form a team that will supervise and ensure implementation and completion of the project on the deadline set by the MOU. Dino Ng

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