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GSIS starts to release insurance benefits to families of gov’t frontliners who died of COVID-19
Date Posted: June 16, 2020

In a letter to President Rodrigo Duterte, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet reported that the state pension agency has already released the life insurance proceeds plus the additional Php500,000 benefit under its Bayanihan Fund for Frontliners (BFF) to the families of four government frontliners who succumbed to the COVID-19 virus.

“GSIS recently released a total of Php7.8 million in life insurance benefits plus an additional Php2 million in BFF benefits to the legal heirs of four government medical frontliners who died of COVID-19. We are currently in the process of validating the insurance claims of 18 other claimant-families,” Macasaet said in his report.

In his letter, Macasaet also assured President Duterte that GSIS will accelerate the insurance claims process for the families of other COVID-19 victims among government frontliners. “Once we have all the documentary requirements, we commit and assure the president that GSIS will release their insurance checks within two work days,” he said in his letter. Macasaet added that GSIS is constantly coordinating with the Department of Health (DOH) to assist the claimants in obtaining the required documents to facilitate the release of their insurance claims within two days.

As GSIS members, all medical frontliners in government are covered by the compulsory life insurance program of GSIS. In addition to this, GSIS will grant an additional Php500,000 under its BFF program to the families of public health frontliners who died of COVID-19 after treating or serving patients who are infected by the virus.

“Our BFF automatically covers all frontliners in government who are providing assistance to COVID-19 patients at DOH; treatment and rehabilitation centers; and medical centers and hospitals including those administered by local government units and state universities and colleges. The beneficiaries are not limited to doctors, nurses and other healthcare workers but also extends to medical technologists and technicians, janitors, security guards, ambulance drivers and the like – as long as they can prove that their job involved regular exposure to COVID-positive patients,” Macasaet explained.

The BFF beneficiaries stand to receive an average of more than Php1 million each, including their GSIS regular life insurance.

“This is the least that we can do to show our appreciation to our modern-day heroes who risked their lives in the service of our nation,” Macasaet said.

For inquiries on the BFF program, concerned parties may visit the GSIS website (www.gsis.gov.ph); GSIS official Facebook page (@gsis.ph); email gsiscares@gsis.gov.ph; or call the GSIS Contact Center at 8847-4747 (if in Metro Manila),1-800-8-847-4747 (for Globe and TM subscribers) or 1-800-10-847-4747 (for Smart, Sun, and Talk ‘N Text subscribers).