Date Posted: 2010-02-18 12:46:55

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will finally have a regional office in Koronadal City, the capital of South Cotabato, to provide service to its members and pensioners in Region XII.

This after the Koronadal City Government Office (CGO) donated a 3,140-square meter lot located in the Prime Regional Center of Region XII to the GSIS for the pension fund to construct its regional office.

The property is strategically located in front of the main highway traversing the General Santos- Koronadal route.

“I am proud to say that the GSIS is now in Koronadal,” said Koronadal City Mayor Fernando Q. Miguel during the Memorandum of Agreement and Deed of Donation signing ceremony held at the GSIS Head Office in Manila. “With the coming of the GSIS in our city, we expect the influx of people which will eventually add to the economic activities of Koronadal.”

He added that Koronadal City has been designated as the Regional Center and Seat of SOCCKSARGEN based on Executive Order Number 304. Through this EO, government operations and services in the area will be improved.

For his part, GSIS President and General Manager Winston F. Garcia thanked Koronadal City for the lot donation.

“We thank you for your generosity, not only in welcoming us in the city, but more importantly in giving us a free lot. We hope that through this building, we can better serve our constituents in your area,” Garcia said.

The GSIS chief added that the donation is very timely since the GSIS has been looking for a lot for its regional office currently based in General Santos City. Of the 14 regional offices of the GSIS, only its office in GenSan is leasing office space.

“The building of the GSIS office in Koronadal City is an agreement that is bound to happen. When I first reported as the PGM in 2001, we were already looking for a lot in General Santos City but we encountered problems in the transactions so we did not push through,” Garcia recalled.

Last year, the project was revived. The GSIS management committee was appraising real state properties in the area when the letter of intent to donate a parcel of land from the Koronadal CGO came.

The GSIS will transfer its regional office from General Santos to Koronadal City once the building is finished, tentatively set in May 2010.

Currently, the GenSan Regional Office, which has under its jurisdiction the Cotabato Branch Office, covers a total of 45,046 active members, 3,401 old-age pensioners, 2,520 survivorship pensioners, and 464 government offices.