The GSIS is a social insurance institution created under Commonwealth Act Number 186 that was passed on November 14, 1936. To secure the future of all employees of the Philippine government, it provides and administers a pension fund that has the following social security benefits: compulsory life insurance, optional life insurance, retirement benefits, and disability benefits for work-related accidents and death benefits.

Likewise, the GSIS manages the General Insurance Fund as mandated by Republic Act 696 or the Property Insurance Law. It provides comprehensive protection to government insurable interests.

MANDATE

The GSIS is created by Commonwealth Act No. 186 that was passed on November 14, 1936, and later amended under Republic Act No. 8291 dated June 24, 1997.

GSIS, as designed in its charter, is a social insurance institution under a defined benefit scheme.  It insures its members against the occurrence of certain contingencies in exchange for their monthly premium contributions.
 
The social security benefits available for all GSIS members are: compulsory life insurance, optional life insurance, retirement benefits, disability benefits for work-related contingencies and death benefits.

In addition, the GSIS is entrusted with the administration of the General Insurance Fund by virtue of R.A. 656 of the Property Insurance Law. It provides insurance coverage to assets and properties that have government insurable interests.

COVERAGE

The GSIS covers all government workers irrespective of their employment status, except:

- Members of the Judiciary and Constitutional Commissions who are covered by separated retirement laws;

- Contractual employees who have no employee-employer relationship with their agencies;

- Uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police, including the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology and the Bureau of Fire Protection.

BENEFITS AND SERVICES
The principal benefit package of the GSIS consists of compulsory and optional life insurance, retirement, separation, and employee's compensation benefits.

SERVICE PRIVILEGES
Active GSIS members are entitled to the following loan privileges: salary, policy, emergency and housing loans, subject to the cross-default policy of the System (CLIP).

ORGANIZATION
The governing and policy-making body of the GSIS is the Board of Trustees, the members of which are appointed by the President of the Philippines.

The GSIS workforce consists of 3,104 employees, 52% of whom are in the Head Office while the remaining 48% are in the Branches. To date, the GSIS has 15 Regional Offices, 25 Branch Offices and 18 Satellite Offices nationwide.