The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has further extended to June 30 the last day for pensioners born in the months of March to May to present “proof of life” for recognition as active members.

“Old-age and survivorship pensioners born in March, April and May need not go to GSIS branches to renew their active status for the time being,” said a statement by GSIS president and general manager Rolando L. Macasaet.

“We advise them to postpone visiting our branches,” Macasaet said, referring to the annual pensioners’ information revalidation (Apir) program.

“They can do their Apir at a later date,” the GSIS chief said.

It can be done through GSIS wireless automated processing system kiosks in government offices, provincial capitols, city and municipal offices, select SM and Robinsons malls and GSIS offices.

“They have until June 30 to do their Apir,” he said.

Apir required personal appearance of pensioners in GSIS branches and offices during their birth month so they can continue to receive pension benefits.

Pensioners abroad can revalidate their active status via Skype.

If pensioners failed to do so, their benefits will be suspended.

Apir had been put in place as the GSIS previously disbursed money even as intended beneficiaries already passed away and other unqualified relatives had been taking advantage of the benefit.

Amid the COVID-19 lockdown, the GSIS earlier extended until May 15 its Apir for pensioners born in March and April.

“However, due to the continued threat of the COVID-19 virus, the GSIS announced that the deadline for pensioners’ Apir was moved for the second time in a row from May 15 to June 30,” Macasaet said.

This was “in order to safeguard the wellbeing of its elderly pensioners who are the most vulnerable to the virus,” he said.

“We are closely monitoring the situation and will be issuing further advisories as developments unfold,” he added.

“But for now, I would like to assure our pensioners that their safety is our primordial concern,” Macasaet said.

Edited by TSB

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