The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has temporarily suspended until end-2020 its annual pensioner’s information revalidation (APIR) requirement to lessen their chances of Covid-19 infection.
GSIS president and general manager Rolando Macasaet said the agency’s Board of Trustees has decided to suspend APIR since the pensioners are considered high-risk individuals, but will continue to give their pensions.
Under APIR, pensioners need to report to GSIS during their birth month to prove they are still alive, to prevent past experiences where pension benefits were released even if the pensioners have already died.
Macasaet said GSIS will start a new initiative by January 2021 where the agency’s staff will be the ones to check the pensioners’ proof of life.
He said they are now upgrading their system to ensure the digitalization of APIR next January to prevent their system from collapsing just like what happened in 2007.