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GSIS to launch APIR for pensioners for a healthier pension fund

Date Posted: April 2, 2018

State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will reinstitute the personal-appearance requirement for its old-age and survivorship pensioners to sustain a sound pension fund.

Dubbed Annual Pensioners’ Information Revalidation (APIR), the program will be done to monitor the status of pensioners and, in the process, ensure that the pension of demised pensioners are discontinued immediately to avoid overpayment that may bring about financial losses.

Under APIR, GSIS requires old-age and survivorship pensioners to appear personally at any GSIS office or use the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosk to activate their status and ensure the continuous receipt of their pension.

Moreover, GSIS will undertake the three-month reactivation period from March 23 to June 30, 2018. During this period, all pensioners who are 79 years old and below, regardless of birth month, will have to undergo the information revalidation process and reactivate their status.

GSIS pensioners may reactivate their status in GWAPS kiosks that are installed in GSIS offices; provincial capitols; city halls; selected municipal offices; large government agencies, such as the Department of Education; Robinsons Malls; and selected SM City branches in Mall of Asia, North EDSA, Manila, Pampanga, Cebu, and SM Aura in Taguig.

GSIS will also organize APIR caravans in selected municipalities to bring its services closer to pensioners. The details of the APIR caravan will be announced through text messages as well as television and radio stations.

Pensioners who will not be able to report for APIR due to health reasons may request for home visit. The following are the requirements for a home visit: letter of request indicating the pensioner’s name and date of birth; contact number; complete address and sketch of the location of the house; and a medical certificate or barangay certification that the pensioner is a bonafide resident of the area.

Those not required to report for APIR during the 3-month reactivation period are permanent total disability pensioners; pensioners aged 80 and above; legal guardians (who are not survivorship pensioners) of incapacitated or dependent children; and old-age pensioners who are active GSIS members at the same time.

Pensioners who are residing abroad and in the ARMM areas are also exempted from undertaking the APIR during the 3-month period, as they have continuously been subjected to the annual renewal process of GSIS.

For the purpose of status reactivation, pensioners have to bring their GSIS eCard or Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) card. If the UMID card or eCard is not available, any two (2) valid government-issued IDs with picture and signature may be presented.

After the scheduled three-month reactivation period, pensioners are reminded to renew their status during their birth month as well.

For questions on APIR, pensioners may check out the GSIS website, www.gsis.gov.ph, or Facebook account, @gsis.ph; email gsiscares@gsis.gov.ph; call the GSIS Contact Center at 847-4747; or visit any nearest GSIS office.