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GSIS revokes ARAS for pensioners

The Government Service Insurance System today announced that beginning May 1 this year, the pension fund will no longer require its more than 300,000 old-age and survivorship pensioners to visit GSIS on their birth month for their ARAS (Annual Renewal of Active Status) to receive their monthly pension.

“We don’t want to impose unnecessary hardship on our pensioners especially those who are very sick and who have difficulty moving around,” Robert Vergara, President and General Manager explained.

Vergara said the GSIS reached an agreement with the National Statistics Office to determine the status of GSIS pensioners in lieu of the annual renewal requirement.

Pensioners living abroad, however, will still be required to renew their active status via video call or through the use of skype, a web-based software that allows users to make telephone calls over the Internet free of charge.

“This initiative is part of the continuing efforts of the new Board to provide more responsive service to its members and pensioners,” Vergara said.