Date Posted: 2012-03-26 08:27:26

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)  signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding with the Department of Education (DepEd) in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) to update the  service records of more than 24,000  DepEd employees in the region.

“As the computation of retirement benefit and loans is based on the length of service, it is important to update and reconcile the records of our DepEd-ARMM members to ensure they will receive the correct level of benefits upon their retirement or when they apply for a loan,” said Robert  G. Vergara, President and General Manager.

Under the agreement, the GSIS and the DepEd-ARMM will jointly update the service records of active and separated teaching and non-teaching personnel of DepEd-ARMM in  three months, which will basically entail the matching and validation of entries in the records of the DepEd-ARMM personnel.

The MOU takes off from the 2005 Service Records Updating agreement between the GSIS and the DepEd-National  to re-encode the service profiles of active and separated DepEd employees using the latter’s personnel service records.

This included 16,170 teaching and non-teaching personnel of the DepEd-ARMM. The project, however was hampered by the low accomplishment in the submission of records.

“We appreciate the initiative of ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman to pursue this long-delayed project and finish it within the year,” Vergara said.

For his part, Hataman said “we are committed to work closely with the GSIS on this project… as ARMM governor, it is my obligation to ensure that the DepEd-ARMM personnel receive their right entitlements as GSIS members.”

The signing rite was witnessed by Daniel Lacson Jr., Chairman of the  GSIS;  Mario Aguja,   GSIS Trustee and Chairman of the GSIS  Task Force ARMM;  and,  Atty.  Jamar Kulayan, DepEd-ARMM Regional Secretary.