GSIS removed the stringent provisions that have prevented many survivorship pensioners from enjoying pensioners from enjoying the survivorship benefit.
Under the old survivorship policy, primary and secondary beneficiaries of GSIS members, except dependent children, may only be entitled to the survivorship pension if they have no gainful occupation or are not engaged in gainful business or economic activity. The previous GSIS management defined gainful employment as earning at least P7,575 equivalent to Salary Grade 1, Step 1, in the government compensation table. Those receiving other pensions, whether from GSIS or any other local of foreign institutions or organizations, were likewise deemed ineligible to receive the survivorship pension.
With the reversal of the old policy, surviving spouses and dependents of GSIS members and pensioners can now receive their monthly pension benefits even if they are gainfully employed and receiving income or pension from other institutions. More than 6,000 surviving spouses whose pensions have been stopped and disapproved since August 2009 benefited from the new survivorship policy.