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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

GSIS-Pagadian holds re-orientation seminar for AAOs

By Franklin P. Gumapon

PAGADIAN CITY – More than 360 authorized agency officers (AAOs) from the different local government units (LGUs), line agencies, state colleges and universities, government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs), schools divisions and other government agencies based in Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay have attended a re-orientation seminar held here yesterday by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)-Pagadian City Branch.

Invited speakers were Mr. Elmer C. Baguio, manager, Membership Department, Visayas-Mindanao Area and his division chief, Joeffrey Moleño who talked on the importance of “ensuring that the records of all GSIS members are regularly and properly maintained as basis for loans granting, accounts management and claims settlement.”

Baguio said the AAOs play a very important role in updating the members’ records to have clear, correct and exact entries in the membership data to be provided by every government agency to the GSIS, as he emphasized the three pillars of the government insurance system – the agency, the members and the GSIS.

Moreover, Baguio announced that the GSIS is going to extend an enhanced consolidated loan program starting June this year saying those who have been members for 15 years but less than 25 years can avail themselves of a loan equivalent to 12 months salary and those who are 25 years or more are eligible to apply for a loan corresponding to 14 months salary. “The term of payment of the enhanced consolidated loan has also been increased to 10 years,” Baguio added.

In a related development, GSIS-Pagadian Manager Leoncito Manuel disclosed that the GSIS had allotted 200 slots for its 2015 scholarship program, which is open nationwide to incoming college students who are children of members with the lowest salary grades. He, however, said the 20 slots are reserved for the children of the members who are solo parents, indigenous peoples and/or persons with disabilities. 

Each scholar will receive a monthly stipend of P2 thousand and a tuition fee of P40 thousand per year. The scholar has to enroll in CHED (Commission on Higher Education) priority courses in GSIS-accredited schools.

The GSIS-accredited schools in Zamboanga Peninsula are the Western Mindanao State University (WMSU) and Ateneo de Zamboanga University (ADZU), all in Zamboanga City.

Manuel further said that six of the seven scholarship slots for region 9 in 2014 went to qualified recipients from Zamboanga Sibugay and Zamboanga del Sur and one was given to a scholar from Zamboanga City.