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GSIS reminds members, pensioners, beneficiaries to file benefits on time

Date Posted: January 9, 2018
Filing for GSIS benefits within the prescribed period spells the difference between enjoying and losing them.

GSIS thus reminds its active members, pensioners, and beneficiaries to keep in mind the benefits that have deadlines.

FUSS is an acronym that serves as a memory aide: Funeral, Unemployment, Separation, and Survivorship benefits. They should be filed within prescribed period from the date of contingency.

Separation benefit under Republic Act (RA) 8291 must be filed within four years from date of separation from government service, while that under Presidential Decree (PD) 1146 must be claimed within 10 years from age 60.

Similarly, qualified beneficiaries must file for survivorship benefit under RA 8291 within four years from death of the member or old-age pensioner. The same benefit under PD 1146 has a longer filing period, which is within 10 years from death of the member or old-age pensioner.

Funeral benefit must be filed within four years from the date of death of the member or old-age pensioner. Unemployment benefit has a four-year prescriptive period as well.

Application for these benefits may be filed at any of GSIS’s 57 branch and extension offices nationwide, including the Head Office in Pasay City. Inquiring members may also visit the GSIS website, www.gsis.gov.ph; call the GSIS Contact Center at 847-4747; or email gsiscares@gsis.gov.ph.

The prescriptive policy has been relaxed as GSIS now treats other claim applications as notices of constructive filing.

A cash surrender value (CSV) claim is now considered constructive notice of application for separation benefit. That way, separation benefit may be applied for even beyond the deadline.

Moreover, if funeral or death benefits have been filed and claimed within four years from the member’s death, the prescriptive policy for survivorship benefit no longer applies to qualified beneficiaries, and vice versa.