MANILA Mayor Isko Moreno assured the retiring employees of the Manila City Hall that they will get the benefits due them from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), as the current local government has already resolved the problem it merely inherited upon assumption into office.
“Nagulantang ako na ang pera ninyong pinaghirapan, nakalawit ng ibang tao. That is not acceptable to me…You dedicated your life to be of service…may utang pala ang City Hall sa GSIS. Kung kami ay di nagre-remit ng share sa GSIS, ang epekto nito, kawawa ang empleyado ng gobyerno lalo na yung mga magre-retiro kaya’t pilit nating itinama ang pagkakamali,” Moreno said.
“Wag kayong kabahan dahil bayad na ang GSIS ng mga retiring bagamat di ako ang me gawa (ng problema),” Moreno added, adding he is very proud to have a city treasurer in the person of Jasmin Talegon, whom he is always out to protect the interests and benefits of the city employees.
Moreno, along with city administrator Felix Espiritu and city personnel office head Jo Quintos, led in the recognition of the loyalty awardees at the City Hall’s inner court, composed of employees who have served from 30 years or more.
He expressed gratitude to the GSIS which he said agreed not only to give a discount but also to make the city government of Manila paid on a staggered basis, with the assurance that those who will retire will be given the benefits due them even while the city is not yet fully paid.
It will be recalled that when Moreno assumed office last year, it was discovered that the city government owed the GSIS some P195 million.
In November last year, Quintos and Talegon worked out a memorandum of agreement the city government was able to save over P68.4 million after the GSIS agreed to reduce the amount of Manila’s debt from P195 to P126 million.
The mayor said it is the least that they in the city government can do for the employees who, he said, deserve to reap the fruits of their labor for 20 or 30 years in government service.
In his message, Moreno asked the employes who will remain to continue helping the city government get back to its former glory and excel in their chosen field of undertaking. ANDI GARCIA