Seal of Excellence for Cotabato Branch. The GSIS Cotabato Branch office was recently conferred the prestigious Citizen's Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence for exemplary frontline service under the Civil Service Commission's Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) survey. President and General Manager (PGM) Robert Vergara received the wall-mountable Seal of Excellence glass plaque and Php100,000 cash last January 21. Cotabato Branch with an 'Excellent' rating of 91.78 percent, is one of 25 GSIS offices that earned the seal in 2014. In his message, PGM Vergara said that the "...award will only inspire us to further raise the bar of service excellence and to do more for our members as caring and responsible stewards of their savings." PGM Vergara is flanked by (from left) - CSC Chairperson Alicia dela Rosa-Bala, former Cotabato Branch Manager Rosalinda Mendoza and Senior Vice President for VisMin Operations Group, Dionisio Ebdane Jr.
Opening of New GSIS Bohol Branch Office. GSIS PGM Robert Vergara (middle) led the ribbon cutting rites for the opening of the new GSIS Bohol Branch Office. He was assisted by (from left) Balilihan Mayor Pureza Chatto, Provincial Governor Edgardo Chatto, DepEd Superintendent Dr.Wilfreda Bongalos, and City Administrator Eddie Borja. The new GSIS Bohol Branch, located in CPG North Avenue in Tagbilaran City, is bigger and more accessible to members and pensioners.GSIS Bohol office moves to better location. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara announced that its Bohol Branch Office transferred to a better location making it convenient for its 26,000 members and pensioners in the province to transact with the pension fund.
"The move not only provides a bigger and newer space to serve our stakeholders but also renews our commitment to provide them accessible and responsive service," Vergara said during the office's inauguration held on Thursday.
ADOPT A SCHOOL DepEd-GSIS PARTNERSHIP. PGM Robert Vergara receives a certificate of appreciation from Department of Education Secretary Br. Armin Luistro FSC, in recognition of GSIS's support to the Adopt-A-School Program. The program encourages partner agencies from the government and private sectors to address the needs of government schools located in the poorest provinces or low-income municipalities. GSIS partnered with DepEd in 2014 by adopting an initial batch of 17 schools. The program will be implemented over a three-year period with a total of 49 schools for adoption -17 in 2014, 17 in 2015 and 15 in 2016. The package of assistance worth Php200,000, covers support for infrastructure/physical facilities, health and nutrition, reading program, technology, and training and development. PGM Vergara is flanked by Secretary Luistro, Corporate Communications Vice President Margie Jorillo and DepEd Undersecretary Mario Deriquito.
GSIS bares new benefit package, grants 100K to centenarians. GSIS pensioner-centenarians Cornelia Cabual and Socorro Podador, 101 and 100 years old, respectively, receive their check of Php100,000 from PGM Robert Vergara as part of the package of new milestone benefits for old-age and disability pensioners. Ninety-three year-old Salvador Hornilla also received Php20,000 from the pension fund chief.
Stakeholders Dialogue in Nueva Ecija. Nearly 2,000 members and pensioners trooped to the Nueva Ecija Doctors Colleges Gymnasium last September 18 to attend the GSIS's consultative dialogue led by PGM Robert Vergara. The PGM updated the attendees on the service breakthroughs that the pension fund has implemented in the last five years to provide responsive service to its stakeholders. These included the recently-launched additional benefits for members and pensioners namely, the increase in the funeral benefit to Php30,000 from Php20,000 and the grant of one-time benefit equivalent to one-month pension, or Php10,000 whichever is lower to more than 272,000 regular old-age and disability pensioners as of 31 December 2014. "Milestone" benefits will also be granted to pensioners. Those who will turn 90 to 94 years old as of 1 September 2015, will receive Php20,000; those 95 to 99 years old will receive Php50,000; and those who are 100 years old and above will get Php100,000. Starting 2 September 2015 and thereafter, regular pensioners will be paid the following milestone benefit on their birthday: Php20,000 to pensioners who will turn 90 years old; Php30,000 to pensioners who will turn 95 years old; and, Php50,000 to pensioners who will turn 100 years old. PGM Vergara said that "our pensioners who are 90 years old and above represent the most vulnerable members of GSIS."
Oldest Pensioners in Nueva Ecija. PGM Robert Vergara and Cabanatuan Branch Manager Mabel de Guzman pose with 102 year-old Honorio Santiago and 96 year- old Noeme Pascual, the oldest pensioners who attended the stakeholders' dialogue in Nueva Ecija held in Cabanatuan City on September 18. Mr. Santiago and Ms. Pascual receive "milestone" benefits of Php50,000 and Php100,000, respectively.
GSIS President conferred CEO-EXCEL award. COMMUNICATION THAT DRIVES CHANGE. PGM Robert Vergara is flanked by International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines' Trustees Kane Errol Choa (President), Ritzi Ronquillo (Chairman), Belle Tiongco (Corporate Secretary) and Joe Zaldarriaga (Vice President) after receiving the Communication Excellence in Organizations (CEO-EXCEL) Award from IABC Philippines on Monday, September 14 at the Intercontinental Hotel in Makati City. IABC Philippines recognized Vergara's strategic use of communication, particularly the open and active engagement of GSIS members and pensioners through nationwide face-to-face dialogues, which turned things around for what was once considered a "member-insensitive" agency.
GSIS bares winners of 11th art tilt. GSIS PGM Robert Vergara (center, in white) poses with the winners and finalists of the 2015 GSIS Art Competition during the awarding ceremony.
GSIS services soon in SM Supermalls. The nearly 1.9 million GSIS members and pensioners can soon check and update their records, as well as apply for loans, through GSIS kiosks in the Government Services Center of SM Supermall branches in Manila, Cebu, Pampanga, North EDSA, and SM Aura. PGM Robert G. Vergara (seated, third from left) signs the agreement with Annie Garcia (seated, second), president of SM Supermalls (Shopping Center Management Corporation). Witnesses to the signing were (seated, extreme left and right) SVP Juan Philip S. Evangelista of the GSIS Information Technology Services Group (ITSG) and SVP Nora M. Saludares of the GSIS NCR Operations Group. Also present at the event were other SM and GSIS executives (standing from left), namely, Luz Generoso, SM's consultant for government services; Mgr. Ronaldo C. Manila, GSIS Network and Workstation Department, ITSG; AVP Rheybie Nipas, SM Mall Management Support; VP Liza Selirio, SM Operations; Johanna Rupisan, Regional Head of SM Mall Operations; GSIS Corporate Secretary Maria Theresa A. Raagas; VP Salvacion P. Mate, GSIS Visayas Operations Office; VP Margie A. Jorillo, GSIS Corporate Communications Office; VP Erlinda D. Bañares, GSIS NCR Operations Office - Area II; VP Valerie K. Marquez, GSIS Risk Management Office; and VP Marlon Eusebio L. Mendoza, GSIS IT Infrastructure Office.
GSIS sells MET to NCCA. GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara (third from left) turns over the transfer certificate of title of the Metropolitan Theater to Chairman Felipe M. De Leon Jr. (second from left) of the National Commission on Culture and the Arts (NCCA) after the signing of the property's deed of absolute sale last June 10 in GSIS Head Office in Pasay City. Budget Secretary Florencio B. Abad, who released the budget to NCCA for the purchase of the national treasure looks on. Also in the photo are the witnesses to the signing rites held in GSIS Head Office in Pasay City: NCCA OIC Executive Director Adelina M. Suemith (first from left), and VP Leopoldo M. Escarez (fifth from left) of GSIS Real Estate Asset Disposition and Management Office.
GSIS settles BOC's bond claims. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert Vergara (center) hands over to Bureau of Customs (BOC) Commissioner Alberto Lina (right) a check worth Php 229,684,301.71 as payment for BOC's various customs bond claims. Witnessing the turnover is GSIS Trustee Greg Yu (left). The turnover, which was attended by bonds division chiefs of Port of Manila, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, and Manila International Container Port, was held at the GSIS head office in Pasay City.
Pres. Aquino commends GSIS for its financial success. PGM Robert Vergara receives a congratulatory handshake from President Aquino during the GOCC Dividend's Day last May 13 in Malacañang.
Thumbs Up for GSIS Reforms. A stakeholder in Dagupan raises her thumb as a sign of approval for the various service innovations implemented by GSIS in the last five years during the stakeholders dialogue held in the city last May 2015. This was the second time that GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara engaged with some 600 Dagupan-based members and pensioners. During the dialogue, PGM Vergara provided an update on the actions taken by GSIS relative to the issues and concerns raised during the first consultation in Dagupan held in March 2011. These included the reduction in inaccurate statement of accounts from Php30 billion in 2010 to Php2.4 billion in 2014, the non-suspension of loan privileges of employees who are working in suspended agencies, the partnership with the National Museum for the management of GSIS's art collection, the responsible management of investments based on liquidity, safety/security and yield, and the improved efficiency in the processing of members' claims and benefits due to closer coordination with agency heads and AAOs, sustained cleansing of the database, implementation of the Statement of Loan Accounts (SOLA) and signing of agreements with suspended agencies.
Baguio Branch is latest Seal of Excellence Recipient. PGM Robert Vergara and Baguio Branch Manager Isagani del Rosario received from Civil Service Commission's Acting Chairman Robert Martinez, a wall mountable glass seal and cash prize of Php100,000 for earning the Seal of Excellence for exemplary service. The Baguio Branch is the 11th GSIS office to earn the award this year, along with the following branch/extension offices: Bayombong, Borongan, Bulacan, Butuan, Dipolog, Laoag, Pasay, Surigao, Tagum, and Tuguegarao. In the photo are (from left) CSC Director Marilyn Taldo, Acting Chairman Martinez, Manager del Rosario, and PGM Vergara.
Cavite Stakeholders' Dialogue. PGM Robert G. Vergara interacts with GSIS members before the start of the dialogue.
Addressing over 1,600 attendees of the Cavite Stakeholders' Dialogue at the jam-packed General Trias Cultural and Convention Center, the year's biggest gathering of members, PGM Vergara cited 2014 as a historic year for the pension fund. He reported that GSIS registered a record income of Php140 billion, on revenues of Php231.5 billion with total assets reaching Php910 billion at year-end. Claims and benefits paid to members and pensioners rose to Php84.2 billion. The processing of claims continues to improve with the reduction of documentary requirements, electronic crediting of benefits (retirement, life insurance, survivorship, and pre-need) to members' accounts, additional systems' enhancements, and 'file anywhere' policy. He added that GSIS has been reaping the product of its reforms, with its frontline service topping the 2014 Anti-Red Tape Act (ARTA) customer feedback survey by the Civil Service Commission at an overall average rating of 91 percent, with no branch office obtaining a failing mark.
GSIS opens 2015 art tilt. VP Margie Jorillo of the GSIS Corporate Communications Office and Manager Ryan Palad of the GSIS Corporate Social Advocacies and Public Relations Facilities Department turn over to Fidel Sarmiento, President of Art Association of the Philippines (AAP), the entry forms to be used for the 2015 GSIS Art Competition during the art contest's opening ceremonies at the GSIS Museo ng Sining in Pasay City. Witnessing the turnover are other AAP officers (from left) Roger Santos, Mark Louie Gonzales, Marge Lim, Ral Arrogante, Danilo Santiago, and Jo Florendo. AAP has been GSIS's partner in holding the art contest for over a decade now. The stage backdrop shown in the photo contains the contest guidelines, which were also unveiled during the turnover rites.
GSIS awarded seal of excellence for frontline service. The Head Office of State pension fund Government Service Insurance System today received the Citizen's Satisfaction Center Seal of Excellence award from the Civil Service Commission (CSC) for exemplary frontline service.
The GSIS Head Office is the eighth to receive the recognition along with branch offices Bayombong, Bulacan, Dipolog, Laoag, Surigao,Tagum and Tuguegarao.
These offices obtained an Excellent rating (90% and above) in the Anti-Red Tape Act-Report Card Survey (ARTA-RCS) in 2014 and had no unresolved complaint in the Contact Center ng Bayan of CSC.
ARTA-RCS is a mechanism used by the Commission to obtain clients' feedback and assess agencies' performance on frontline service delivery.
GSIS Dialogue in Pasig. President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara clarifies a member's concern during the first ever dialogue held in Pasig City on Friday, the first to be conducted in the National Capital Region. With more than a thousand attendees representing the Department of Education and other regional offices and local government units of Pasig, Pateros, Taguig, Marikina and the province of Rizal, the dialogue was the biggest thus far. GSIS chose Pasig for its maiden NCR dialogue given the location of the Department of Education-Central Office with more than 78,000 GSIS active members accounting for 73% of the total membership of 122,469 covered by the Pasig Extension Office. Vergara updated the attendees on the reforms implemented by the pension fund to provide responsive service to its 1.8 million members and pensioners. These include the non-suspension of loan privileges of employees working in suspended agencies, the restoration of survivorship pension, the option to change retirement date and mode, the enhancement on loan programs, the partnership with the LANDBANK (as additional servicing bank), the Home Development Mutual Fund (as conduit lender for housing and the National Museum (as manager of GSIS art works), and the increased service access points such as GWAPs kiosks, contact center, and service desks in far-flung areas. The dialogue forms part of the pension fund's effort to engage with and reach out to its members and pensioners in line with the goal of transparency.
GSIS sells BGC property for over P700M. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) sold its 1,600-square meter property in Bonifacio Global City (BGC) to Goldenwill, Inc. for P732 million. Goldenwill won the transparent bidding process held in September 2014. The 41% markup from the P520 million minimum bid price established a new benchmark price for BGC lots. Photo shows GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara turning over the certificate of title to Goldenwill Chairman Lee Hiong T. Wee after the signing of the deed of sale last February 9 in the GSIS Central Office, Pasay City. SVP Gracita Gilda V. Bocanegra of GSIS Financial Management Group and Chief Finance Officer Norman Vincent L. Wee of Goldenwill witnessed the event.
Iligan City. PGM Robert G. Vergara meets with stakeholders during the dialogue in Iligan last Tuesday. State pension fund Government Service Insurance System President and General Manager Robert Vergara told more than 200 GSIS members and pensioners who attended the first ever dialogue in this city, that GSIS will continue to implement policies and programs that are service-responsive and member-focused. Vergara reported on the key reforms that the System has implemented in the last four years to "be more consultative, transparent and member-focused to regain our members' trust and confidence".
Malaybalay City. A stakeholder attending the GSIS dialogue in Malaybalay poses a question to PGM Robert G. Vergara. State pension fund Government Service Insurance System President and General Manager Robert Vergara visited this city, the first time a top official did so in many years, to inform the pension fund's over 18,000 members and 3,000 pensioners in Bukidnon province, on the new policies and programs that GSIS has implemented in the last four years. "The new GSIS promised to be more consultative, transparent and member-focused to regain our members' trust and confidence," Vergara said.
GSIS, PAO pact opens Conso-loan to more than 1,000 public lawyers. More than 1,000 lawyers from the Public Attorney's Office (PAO)may now avail of the Conso-loan, the most popular loan program of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS). This was made possible by a memorandum of agreement signed by GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara and Chief Public Attorney Percida Rueda Acosta last January 23, opening the loan facility to PAO lawyers with the rank of Public Attorney II up to chief public attorney. PAO lawyers' availment of the loan program was discontinued in 2010 when they were reclassified as special members who are not covered by GSIS retirement laws but have life insurance benefits from the GSIS. Photo shows PGM Vergara and Atty. Acosta (4th and 6th from left), sealing the agreement with a handshake. Looking on are (from L to R) GSIS executives: SVP for NCR Operations Nora M. Saludares, Membership OIC-Manager Rodrigo Manuel, GSIS QC Branch OIC-Manager Noel Alvarez, VP Sonia Holgado, PAO's Director for Financial Planning and Management Ranilo P. Regino, and Deputy Public Attorney Silvestre Mosing.
More GSIS Kiosks in Robinsons Malls. To further expand the reach of its services for its 1.4 million active members, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) recently signed an agreement with Robinsons Land Corporation (RLC) to deploy an additional eight (8) GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPs) kiosks in key Robinsons Malls in Antipolo, Las Pinas, Cebu, Jaro, Iloilo,Tagum, Davao, General Trias, Cavite, Tuguegarao and San Pedro Laguna in addition to the 26 kiosks currently operating in various Robinsons malls.
GSIS Chairman, PGM receive Exemplar Award. GSIS Board Chairman Daniel L. Lacson Jr. and PGM Robert G. Vergara were conferred the Bulong Pulungan Exemplar Award in Government Service last December 5 at Sofitel Philippine Plaza in Pasay City. President Benigno S. Aquino III handed over their plaques during the awarding ceremonies.
GSIS Members' Hour earns ANAK TV SEAL. Public affairs program GSIS Members' Hour (GMH) was recently awarded the ANAK TV SEAL, a seal of good housekeeping on Philippine television, conferred to programs promoting family-friendly values.
GSIS commits responsive service to members, pensioners. PGM Robert Vergara poses with pensioners after the dialogue held in Lucena on Monday. Lucena City. The Government Service Insurance System headed by President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara held a consultation in this city as part of its efforts to engage with and update its 1.8 million members and pensioners on the key service breakthroughs the System implemented for the past four years.
Payment for Yolanda damages. PGM Robert G. Vergara turns over a check amounting to Php144.2 million to Lt. Gen. William Hotchkiss III AFP (ret), CAAP Director General, as compensation for the damages wrought by typhoon Yolanda to the Daniel Z. Romualdez Airport in Tacloban and Roxas Airport in Roxas City.
PAO accords Outstanding Public Servant Award to GSIS president. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara accepts the "Outstanding Public Servant" Award from Chief Public Attorney Persida Rueda-Acosta during the 5th MCLE Accredited Convention of Public Attorneys at the Tent City, Manila Hotel last October 16, 2014. In his acceptance speech, Vergara said that the "award is not a personal recognition, but as a recognition of the hard work and dedication of our Board of Trustees led by Chairman Daniel L. Lacson Jr. and the men and women of GSIS in providing responsive service to our over 1.8 million members and pensioners." During the event, Vergara also talked on the GSIS benefits of PAO lawyers as special members of GSIS.
GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara (center, in barong) poses with the 2014 GSIS Art Competition winners and officers of Art Association of the Philippines during the Awards Night held on June 20, 2014 at the GSIS Theater in Pasay City. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) honored the winners of this year's art competition in simple ceremonies on Friday. On its 10th year and for the first time, the competition introduced mixed media or the use of objects with traditional artist media as a new category, to further enhance creative expressions. Non-representational and sculpture rounded out the three categories in this year's tilt.
DBM to pay GSIS P1B in DepEd-ARMM arrears. GSIS, DepEd-ARMM and DBM ink MOA. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert Vergara (seated, second from L), Department of Budget and Management (DBM) Secretary Florencio Abad (seated, third from L), and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Mujiv Hataman (seated, fourth from L ) signed and sealed the agreement to settle the premiums-in-arrears of almost 26,000 Department of Education employees in ARMM. The signing was witnessed by ARMM Secretary Jamar Kulayan (seated, first from left), GSIS Chairman Daniel Lacson, Jr. (seated, second from right) and DBM Asec. Tina Rose Marie Canda (seated, first from right). Joining them are DepEd Undersecretary for Finance and Administration Francisco Varela (standing, fourth from left) and members of the GSIS Board of Trustees (standing from left) Gregorio Yu, Elisea Gozun, Atty. Geraldine Marie Berberabe-Martinez, Roman Felipe Reyes, Mario Aguja, Karina Constantino-David, and Romeo Alip.
PGM Vergara assures prompt release of benefits for DepEd RATPLAN retirees. Speaking at the 2014 National Conference of the Philippine Association of School Superintendents (PASS), President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara informed the participants that GSIS is facilitating the release of retirement and separation benefits of the Department of Education (DepEd) personnel affected by the agency's rationalization plan (RATPLAN).
GSIS HELP for Yolanda-hit members. As of January 17, 2013, the GSIS branch offices in the Visayas, have received more than 15,000 applications on the Home Emergency Loan program (HELP). Tacloban branch alone (photo above) has accepted more than 5,500 applications at the temporary frontline area at the ground floor of the office. Under HELP, GSIS members living or working in the 126 areas severely damaged by Yolanda may borrow up to Php200,000 depending on their total length of service. The loan program has an interest rate of 6% and a repayment term of 10 years. Members may file their applications in any of their branch offices until March 31, 2014.
GSIS sells Philcomcen for P772 M to Filinvest Land Inc. The GSIS today formally sold Philcomcen building for P772 million to Filinvest Land Inc. (FLI) through the signing of the deed of sale at its head office in Pasay City. In a public bidding held in December 2013, the 2,411-square-meter prime property in Ortigas, Pasig City, fetched more than thrice its book value of P234 million. Shown in the photo sealing the deal with a handshake are GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara and FLI Director Joseph M.Yap (second and third from left), as FLI Business Planning Analyst Christian Ernest N. Santos and GSIS SVP Gracita Gilda V. Bocanegra stand as witnesses to the signing.
PNR got on the right track; inked pact with GSIS. Over 1,400 active and inactive Philippine National Railways (PNR) employees can now enjoy their benefits from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) after GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara and PNR General Manager Joseph Allan Dilay sealed an agreement to settle PNR's unpaid compulsory premium contributions. The agreement lifted PNR's suspension which restored the full GSIS benefits of its employees including the payment of cash benefit scheduled to be distributed this month. Witnessing the signing are GSIS's Senior Vice President Cecil Feleo from the National Capital Region Operations Group, PNR's Acting Asst. General Manager Engr. Edgardo Remonte and Administrative and General Services Manager Abdul Aziz Pangandaman. Since 2010, the pension fund has signed agreements with a total of 149 suspended agencies that restored the loan privileges of more than 800,000 government workers.
|October 18, 2013|
GSIS opens Pasig Office. To bring its services closer to over 107,000 members and 15,000 pensioners in Pasig and nearby areas, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) opened an office in Pasig on October 17, 2013. The GSIS Pasig Extension Office accepts all types of GSIS transactions such as retirement, loans, membership, life insurance death, survivorship, and funeral benefits. It also accepts agency remittances and has lounges for pensioners and liaison officers. Moreover, it has three GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosks and eCard enrolment facilities. In the photo, GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara (second from right) is shown cutting the inaugural ribbon, assisted by GSIS officers (from left) VP Ella Valencerina, Mgr. Sonia Holgado, VP Linda Banares, SVP Cecile Feleo, as well as Trustee Romeo Alip, Corporate Secretary Maria Teresa Abesamis-Raagas, and guests COA Auditor Julie Moreno and Fr. Orly Cantillon.
|September 26, 2013|
GSIS receives PRC Scroll of Honor award. The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) recently conferred the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) the Scroll of Honor award, during the recognition ceremony, to celebrate Blood Donor' Month. The Scroll of Honor award is given to individuals or organizations for their unrelenting efforts to support PRC's blood services programs. Since 2010, GSIS has been conducting bloodletting drives in May and December every year to promote wellness among its employees and to help indigent people who cannot afford to buy blood. Dr. Glenn Vladimir Valmores, head of the GSIS-Medical and Wellness Services Department, received the award on behalf of GSIS. Dr. Valmores (second from right) is joined by members of PRC Board of Governors, Gov. Andrew O. Nocon, Gov. Corazon Alma G. De Leon and PRC Manila Chapter Director Rolando F. Calpito.
|September 24, 2013|
GSIS implements green program. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) employees planted a total of 183 hard wood and fruit-bearing trees at the tree planting activity spearheaded by the GSIS National Greening Program Oversight Committee (NGPOC) on September 20, 2013 at the GSIS Kalayaan Garden.
Exemplary service performance. The Civil Service Commission (CSC) led by Chairman Francisco Duque III, confers the Center of Satisfaction Seal of Excellence Award to the Bacolod Branch Office, for providing excellent service to GSIS members and for complying with the provisions of the Anti-Red Tape Act (RA 9485). The Bacolod branch, the first to be awarded with the Seal of Excellence in GSIS, obtained an EXCELLENT rating in the ARTA-Report Card Survey conducted by CSC in March 2013. As a recipient of the Seal of Excellence, Bacolod Branch received a wall-mountable plaque and PHP100,000.00 cash for the purchase of equipment and materials that will further improve the delivery of its frontline services. Shown accepting the award were SVP Dionisio Ebdane Jr. and Manager Vilma Fuentes.
|September 7, 2013|
On Your Mark.Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert Vergara gives the go-signal for the 5K category during the Civil Service Commission's (CSC) R.A.C.E. to Serve III Fun Run held last September 7, 2013 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila. GSIS partnered with CSC to kick off the Commission's 113th anniversary celebration of the Philippine Civil Service. Anchored on the theme "Tatak Lingkod Bayani: Isabuhay, Ipagmalaki, Ipagbunyi", the fun run will support the Pondong Pamanang Lingkod Bayani, an endowment fund that will benefit surviving families of civilian public officials and employees who died in the line of duty. More than 15,000 runners from both the government and private sectors joined the event which was held simultaneously in the regions nationwide.
|September 5, 2013|
CSC-GSIS Race for Government Employees.In line with the celebration of the 113th Philippine Civil Service Anniversary this September, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will partner with the Civil Service Commission (CSC) in holding the RACE to Serve III Fun Run on 7 September 2013 (Saturday) at the Rizal Park. Proceeds of the fun run will benefit the surviving immediate family members of public servants who died in the line of duty. More than 15,000 civil servants are expected to participate in the run. Shown signing the agreement to seal the partnership are GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara and CSC Chairman Francisco T. Duque III.
|April 18, 2013|
GSIS conducts dialogues with PNR unions. Trustee Mario J. Aguja of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) explains to officials and employees of the Philippine National Railways (PNR) the various reforms initiated by the GSIS Board of Trustees and Management in a dialogue held on April 18 at the PNR office in Caloocan. The consultation forms part of the continuing effort of the current GSIS leadership to engage its stakeholders in line with being consultative, transparent, and member-focused. Edar Bilayon, president of the Bagong Kapisanan ng mga Manggagawa sa PNR, organized the dialogue, which was also attended by members of the United Transport Workers Organization.
|April 17, 2013|
CSC to develop GSIS's pre-employment test. With the goal to hire only the most competent and qualified, the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC) entered into an agreement to develop the former's employment test last April 17, 2013 at the CSC Head Office in Batasan Hills, Quezon City. The signing of the memorandum of agreement was headed by GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara and CSC Chairman Francisco T. Duque III. Witnessing the event are GSIS Vice President for Human Resources Christine F. Tirados and CSC Commissioner Robert S. Martinez.
|April 10, 2013|
Kawit MGO settles obligations with GSIS. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara receives a check from Mayor Reynaldo B. Aguinaldo of Kawit , Cavite, last 10 April 2013 at the GSIS Head Office in Pasay City. The check, amounting to Php380,371.03, represents the additional and restructured obligation of the Kawit municipal government office (MGO) after its unpaid premiums from 1997 to 2011 were reconciled. A total of 279 Kawit MGO employees can now enjoy full GSIS benefits after the pension fund condoned 50 percent of the interest on the MGO's premium arrears. Witnessing the signing of the supplemental agreement and the corresponding check payment are (from left) Senior Vice President Cecil Feleo of the NCR Operations Group and Manager Rachel T. Edjan of NCR Department I, both of the GSIS, as well as Kawit MGO personnel, namely, Amada P. Binato, municipal treasurer; Ma. Theresa Lilibeth V. Chua, municipal accountant; Ma. Socorro Sambile, accounting clerk; Jemeline B. Monzon, human resources management (HRM) assistant; and Myrna G. Francisco, HRM Officer IV. The pension fund has thus far, signed agreements with 113 agencies and local government units which restored the loan privileges of more than 800,000 employees.
|February 19, 2013|
|PGM Vergara addresses MPSTA. Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara informs the officers and members of the Manila Public School Teachers’ Association (MPSTA) that GSIS has refunded the premium contributions (representing government share) deducted from the life insurance benefits of more than 73,000 active and retired personnel of the Department of Education. The first tranche of refund was made possible after the Department of Budget and Management paid Php3.46 billion to settle DepEd’s unpaid premium contributions (government share). Vergara was the guest of honor during the 66th anniversary of MPSTA.
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|January 30, 2013|
|GSIS signs two more MOAs with PHLPost. The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) signed two more agreements with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) that will lift the suspension of GSIS benefits of 3,253 PHLPost workers in the central office and 2,315 in seven provinces in Southern Luzon (Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Legaspi, Sorsogon, Region IV, San Pablo, and Palawan). Photo shows GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara and Postmaster General Josefina M. Dela Cruz sealing the agreements with a handshake.
The agreements condoned Php75 million in interest in the PHLPost central office and Php73 million in Southern Luzon.
|December 7, 2012|
GSIS-PhilPost Agreement. GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara and Philippine Postal Corporation (PPC) Post Master General Josie dela Cruz shake hands after the signing of an agreement last Friday, which settled the premium arrearages of the PPC. The agreement immediately restored the GSIS loan privileges of more than 8,000 PPC employees.
|November 9, 2012|
GSIS grants right-of-way to Philippine Heart Center.GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara and Dr. Manuel Chua Chiaco Jr., executive director of the Philippine Heart Center (PHC) (both seated, second and third from left), sign a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on the GSIS' grant of a road right of way for the PHC's housing project. Witnessing the MOA signing are Dr. Avenilo Aventura, consultant at the PHC, and GSIS Vice President Apollo Escarez (both seated, extreme left and right), as well as (standing, from left) Rosalio Oclares, Ricardo Limpin, Nilo Villanueva, Amelia Cuyugan, and Jean Wong, who are all members of the PHC Housing Committee.
|November 9, 2012|
Philippine Heart Center (PHC) Executive Director Dr. Manuel Chua Chiaco Jr. (left) shakes the hand of GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara in gratitude for the pensions fund's grant of a road right of way for PHC's housing project, which is embodied in the memorandum of agreement signed by both agency heads.
|October 30, 2012|
Honoring Indigenous Peoples Rights.GSIS Chairman Daniel L. Lacson Jr. joins the President as he gives recognition to select Indigenous Peoples stakeholders during the celebration of 15 years of the Indigenous Peoples Rights Act or RA 8371, held on October 30 at the GSIS Theater. Joining the President (from left) are Chairman Lacson, Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Zenaida Pawid, Chairperson, National Commission on Indigenous Peoples.
|October 29, 2012|
National Museum receives GSIS Art Collection.GSIS Chairman Daniel Lacson shakes hands with National Museum Board Chairman Ramon del Rosario Jr. after the symbolic turnover of the GSIS’s art collection to the Museum during its 111th Foundation Day. In his message, the President said that as part of the government plan to “concentrate efforts on core competencies, I am happy to see government institutions working together to achieve efficiency, enabling each other to focus on their core mandates. The decision of the GSIS to entrust its collection of art to the National Museum is an example of this. It gives our people the opportunity to enjoy the marvels of our various heritages, while allowing the GSIS to focus more on its task.” Joining Chairman Lacson during the ceremonial turnover are (from left), Secretary Armin Luistro, Department of Education, Jeremy Barns, Executive Director, National Museum, Former President Fidel Ramos, President Aquino, Lacson and Robert Vergara, President and General Manager, GSIS. After the program, the President toured the GSIS Wing which encompasses three galleries and viewed the GSIS art works including Juan Luna’s Parisian Life.
|September 21, 2012|
GSIS Scholars for AY 2012-2013. GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara poses with the grantees under the GSIS Scholarship Program (GSP) during the orientation held on 20 September 2012. As part of celebrating the 75th anniversary of the pension fund, the Board of Trustees expanded the number of scholars from 200 to 300. PGM Vergara advised the scholars to value "this opportunity and to work hard and receive your degrees so that you can participate in nation-building." This year, the Board of Trustees enhanced the features of the Program to include: the nominee must be a child of the member and an incoming freshman accepted in the schools identified by the pension fund, and salary grade as basis for choosing the scholar and not through electronic raffle. The scholar of the program will be entitled to the actual cost of tuition and miscellaneous fees not exceeding Php20,000 and a monthly stipend of Php2,000.
|August 14, 2012|
Full GSIS benefits for Zambo water district workers. Workers in Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD) will now enjoy their benefits and privileges from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) after the GSIS signed a MOA with ZCWD that settled the water district's total obligations to the pension fund. Photo shows GSIS PGM Robert G. Vergara (fourth from left)accepting the Php16.5 million check from ZCWD General Manager Leonardo Rey Vasquez (third from right). The amount represents the principal sum of ZCWD's arrears in premiums and half of the accumulated interest for 14 years. Half of the interest was condoned by the GSIS. Also in photo are GSIS SVP for Visayas and Mindanao Operations Dionisio Ebdane Jr.; Vice President Lourdes Dorado; GSIS Zamboanga Regional Manager Belen James; and CZWD officials Roberto Mendoza and Reynaldo Cabilin.
|August 14, 2012|
GSIS restores privileges of Basilan teachers and DepEd employees. Close to 1,600 teachers and employees in DepEd Basilan may now fully enjoy their benefits and privileges as members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) after a memorandum of agreement between the GSIS and Department of Education in Automous Region for Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) was signed and sealed on August 14, 2012. In the photo, GSIS President and General Manager Robert Vergara (fourth from left) and ARMM Gov. Mujiv Hataman (second from right) show copies of the agreement. Also in photo are GSIS SVP for Visayas and Mindanao Operations Dionisio Ebdane, Jr. (third from left ); Vice President Lourdes Dorado (second from left ); Zamboanga Regional Manager Belen James (first from left); and, Atty. Makmod D. Mending, Jr. from ARMM.
|July 31, 2012|
PInAI is now open for business.The Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure (PinAI) – the largest infrastructure fund ever assembled in the country at PhP 25 billion was launched in a press conference held yesterday at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Ortigas. Shown in photo are top officials of the fund's investors headed by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara (fourth from left). According to Vergara, PinAI "will invest in the core infrastructure the country requires to create employment for our people and put it firmly on the path to sustained and higher levels of inclusive economic growth." Also in photo are Macquarie's Senior Managing Director Frank Kwok (first from left), APG Asset Management Asia's head of Infrastructure Hans –Martin Aerts (second from left), ADB Private Sector Department's Director General Philip Erquiaga (third from left), and, ADB's Private Sector Operations Department Director Robert van Zwieten (fifth from left).
|June 13, 2012|
GSIS dialogue with the Iloilo Public Sector Union (PSU) . GSIS Trustee Mario Aguja briefs the representatives of the various Public Sector Unions in Region 6 on the reforms being undertaken by the current GSIS leadership to provide accessible and responsive service to its more than 1.7 million members and pensioners. Among the reforms implemented by the GSIS include: empowering retirees to choose the repayment scheme for outstanding service loans under the Choice of Loan Amortization Schedule for Pensioners (CLASP); conduct of pre-retirement counseling seminars every month in all GSIS field offices; expanded partnership with the Land Bank of the Philippines covering both pensioners and active members; deployment of nearly 500 additional GWAPS (GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System) kiosks in key cities, clusters of municipalities and big government agencies such as the Education Department; cancellation of the annual renewal of active status (ARAS) for local pensioners; relaxing the entitlement qualifications for survivorship pension; and forging a partnership with the Pag-IBIG Fund for a more efficient implementation of the direct home lending program. The conduct of engaging its stakeholders through dialogues also forms part of the effort of the GSIS Management and Board to be more transparent and consultative.
|June 15, 2012|
GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara (second from left) receives a check amounting to more than Php4.2million, representing the payment for premiums of the 74 Metro Cotabato Water District (MCWD) employees from its Board Chairman, Mr. Bimbo A. Sinsuat (third from left) covering the period June 1978 to March 1992. This is due to the Supreme Court ruling returning MCWD coverage back to the GSIS from the SSS. GSIS VisMin Group Sr. Vice President Dionisio C. Ebdane Jr. (leftmost) and MCWD General Manager Delfin C. Hilario (rightmost) witnessed the event.
|June 1, 2012|
Government Service Insurance Service (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara signed an agreement with Postmaster General Josefina M. Dela Cruz on June 1 to restore the loan privileges of the Philippine Postal Corporation's (PPC) employees in Cabarroguis, Butuan City, Maasin, Lucena and San Pablo City after PPC agreed to settle its unpaid premiums to the pension fund.
|June 5, 2012|
REFORMS AT THE GSIS. Government Service Insurance System President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara (first row, center) and Trustee Danilo Gozo (first row, left) discussed the reforms introduced by the new GSIS management with seasoned journalists at the Bulong Pulungan sa Sofitel last June 5. Photo shows GSIS officials with (clockwise from left, second row) Ruther Batuigas; Mandy Navasero; Joanne Rae Ramirez; Julie Yap Daza; Charito Planas; Domini Torrevillas; Aida Sevilla- Mendoza; Coritho Fiel; Frank Evaristo, and Deedee Siytangco. The reforms introduced by the new GSIS management include revoking the personal appearance requirement for pensioners; deployment of additional 500 GWAPS kiosks nationwide; renewed partnership with the LANDBANK as additional service bank and restoring the survivorship benefit of deceased members' qualified survivors, even if they are employed or have other sources of income.
|April 18, 2012|
Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara and National Home Mortgage Finance Corporation (NHFMC) President Felixberto Bustos present a facsimile check to Vice President and Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council Chairman Jejomar Binay representing the P544 Million pre-payment made by NHMFC to GSIS. The GSIS and the NHMFC recently signed a Restructuring Agreement to settle the P6.2 billion loan of the Corporation to the pension fund under the Unified Home Lending Program. From left- NHMFC President Bustos, Vice President Binay, GSIS President Vergara and GSIS Trustee Gregorio T. Yu.
|March 22, 2012|
GSIS President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara (third from left) and ARMM Governor Mujiv Hataman (fourth from left) sign a memorandum of understanding that will update the service records of some 24,000 personnel of the DepEd-ARMM. From left – Mario Aguja, GSIS Trustee and Chairman of the GSIS Task Force ARMM, Daniel Lacson Jr., GSIS Chairman, Vergara, Hataman, and Atty. Jamar Kulayan, DepEd-ARMM Regional Secretary.
|March 9, 2012|
Chairman Daniel L. Lacson Jr. and President and General Manager Robert G. Vergara emphasized a point during the stakeholders' Dialogue in Zamboanga held on March 9.
|February 23, 2012|
SETTLEMENT OF ARREARS. PGM Robert Vergara shakes hands with Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte after the signing of a memorandum of agreement which paved the way for the settlement of the municipal governments' Php10 million obligation resulting from delayed and non-payment of compulsory premium contributions. The signing of the MOA triggered the immediate lifting of Kauswagan's suspension which has been tagged as suspended by GSIS since 2006. The GSIS condoned 50 percent of the interest. The municipal government committed to pay the balance of Php 6.5 million in five years. With the lifting of the suspension, the GSlS loan privileges of some 95 active member-employees of the municipality are now restored. From left- Mario Aguja, GSIS Trustee, Melicent Juliada, Kauswagan Municipal Treasurer, Mayor Arnado, PGM Vergara, Dionisio Ebdane Jr., Senior Vice President for Visayas and Mindanao Operations Group, and Atty. Lourdes Dorado, Vice President for Mindanao Office.
|February 1, 2012|
Chairman Daniel L. Lacson, Jr. assures the Stakeholders from Naga that their contribution is in safe hands during the dialogue held last week.
|February 1, 2012|
Chairman Daniel L. Lacson, Jr. and PGM Robert G. Vergara unveil a GWAPS desktop Kiosk for turnover to Caramoan, Camarines Sur Mayor Constantino H. Cordial, Jr. As of December last year, nearly 500 kiosks have been deployed acroos the country. Chairman Lacson and PGM Vergara were in Naga last week to hold a dialogue with some 200 stakeholders to update them on the reforms the GSIS has undertaken to provide responsive service for its 1.7 million members and pensioners.
|January 27, 2012|
On 27 January 2012, Trustee Mario "Mayong" Joyo Aguja, chair of the GSIS Task Force ARMM, met with officials of the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao to discuss the GSIS issues affecting the 20,000+ teachers in the region. Also present in the said meeting are Atty. Dionisio Ebdane Jr., Senior Vice President for Visayas and Mindanao Operations, Atty. Belen James, Regional Manager for the Zamboanga Regional Office, and Manager Irene Tayag, Manager for Corporate Communications.
|January 18, 2012|
Philippines-Portugal Social Security Agreement. PGM Robert G. Vergara hosted a dinner for the Portuguese Social Security Directorate-General who came to the Philippines in January to discuss the draft Administrative Arrangements for implementing the provisions of the Philippines-Portugal Social Security Arrangement finalized during the second round of negotiations in May 2010 in Lisbon, Portugal. The Portuguese delegation was headed by Mr. Jose Cid Proenca (left of PGM Vergara), Director-General of Social Security and Ms. Elisabete Sousa Silveira (right of the PGM), Head of Unit for Negotiation and Coordination of International Social Security, Directorate-General for Social Security. Also in the photo (from left) are Atty. Roberto Bautista, Manager, International Affairs, Social Security System, Proenca, PGM Vergara, Silveira, Mr. Emmanuel Fernandez, Director, Office of European Affairs, Department of Foreign Affairs, and Dionisio Ebdane Jr., Senior Vice President for Visayas and Mindanao, GSIS.
|January 12, 2012|
|PGM Robert Vergara shares a light moment with the newly-inducted officers of the Philippine Government Retirees Association. He assured them that as part of the social mission of the GSIS, the pension fund will "take care of them in return for working hard and contributing to the System all their lives."|