January 20, 2014


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.


January 17, 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.

Created in August 2012, the GSIS NGPOC carries out the mandate of the National Greening Program provided under Executive Order No. 26, which requires students and government employees to plant a minimum of 10 seedlings per year in order to grow 1.5 billion trees in six years.

The GSIS NGPOC started implementing the program in 2012 in coordination with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) by holding tree planting activities that were replicated in provincial offices.

To date, a total of 7,548 saplings were planted by the GSIS in various planting sites designated by the DENR.

The GSIS and DENR are set to sign a memorandum of agreement this year for the adoption of a 50-hectare site located at Barangay San Isidro in San Jose Del Monte City in Bulacan for the full implementation of the program.

GSIS Officer in Charge and Senior Vice President Jun Ebdane said the tree planting event is yet one more contribution of the GSIS in its effort to save and preserve the country's natural environment.

"For every tree we plant, for every tree that we save from cutting down, we can be closer to our goal of a greener and healthier Philippines," he said.

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
Pres. Aquino with Chairman Lacson, Justice Sec. de Lima and Zenaida Pawid, NCIP Chairperson

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
Chairman 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

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
PGM Vergara with GSIS Scholars

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.

September 11, 2012
Tripartite MOA Signing

Highlights of the Tripartite MOA Signing. President Benigno Aquino III exchanges pleasantries with (from left), Education Secretary Armin Luistro, GSIS President and General Manager Vergara and Chairman Daniel Lacson Jr before the signing of the memorandum of agreement (MOA) that will restore the benefits of teachers and other DepEd employees. Budget Secretary Florencio Abad joined them later (leftmost in the fourth photo).

Also gracing the MOA signing (clockwise photos) are Alliance of Concerned Teachers (ACT) Party-List Rep. Antonio L. Tinio and France Castro, ACT secretary-general (first and second from left in the first photo); Senator Edgardo J. Angara (center in the second photo); and other guests (standing in the fourth photo): Benjo Basas, national president of the Teachers Dignity Coalition; GSIS Trustee Mario L. Ramirez (second from left); Rep. Sandy Ocampo; Atty. Domingo Alidon, president of the DepEd National Employees Union; and Benjamin G. Valbuena, president of Manila Public School School Teachers Association (first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth, and seventh from left, respectively).

August 14, 2012
PGM Vergara shakes hand with GM Vasquez

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
PGM Vergara shakes hand with Gov. Hataman

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
PGM Vergara with fellow fund investors

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
Trustee Aguja speaks before GSIS stakeholders in Iloilo

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
PGM Vergara receives check from chairman Sinsuat of MCWD

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
PGM Vergara signs agreement with Postmaster General Josefina Dela Cruz

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
GSIS PGM Vergara and VP Binay NHMFC

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
GSIS PGM Vergara and VP Binay NHMFC

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
PGM Robert Vergara shakes hands with Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

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
Chair Lacson and PGM Vergara at a dialogue in Zamboanga

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
PGM Robert Vergara shakes hands with Mayor Rommel Arnado of Kauswagan, Lanao del Norte.

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

GSIS Task Force ARMM meets with officials of the ARMM

GSIS Task Force ARMM meets with officials of the ARMM

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."