Some 31,000 pensioners under the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and the Social Security System (SSS) are due to get a total of P252 million, or P20,000 each in financial aid, as per President Rodrigo Duterte’s Administrative Order 39 signed last April 19.
This comes after the Inter-Agency Task Force authorized a mandate for pension-issuing agencies and partner financial institutions to adopt more avenues for validation of senior citizens, who no longer need to make a physical appearance to claim their pensions.
In the AO, Duterte has granted a “one-time” financial aid of P20,000 to pensioners who have retired on account of illness or disability and directs the Employee Compensation Commission to release these funds to them.
However, GSIS president and general manager Rolando Macasaet clarified that EC pensioners are defined as “former government employees who retired early due to work-related sickness, injury or disability and availed themselves of benefits under Presidential Decree 626.”
Under this decree, GSIS is charged with overseeing a retirement fund for ex-government workers who were injured, got sick, disabled or died in the line of work.
Through this AO, the President recognized “the adverse effects of the pandemic on the economy, supplementary health necessities for the battle against the virus, and restrictions imposed on our mobility and social interaction, have increase the financial and health burdens experienced by the EC pensioners.”