By Roi Lomotan
DUMAGUETE CITY (PIA) – Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) – Dumaguete Branch is encouraging government workers in the province to apply for their enhanced scholarship program.
GSIS-Dumaguete Branch Manager Mercedes Enriquez said government employees who are actively paying their contributions for the past three years and whose income belong to salary grade 24 and below can apply for the scholarship.
“We are encouraging our government workers to log in at www.gsis.gov.ph. The downloadable forms as well as the checklist of requirements are available there or they can come to our office,” Enriquez disclosed.
Based on information posted at GSIS website, the scholarship program is no longer limited to incoming first year college students but to students who are in higher levels in college due to ongoing transition period brought by the K -12 program.
Aside from providing the actual tuition as well as miscellaneous fees not exceeding P40,000 per academic year, the agency has also increased the scholar’s monthly allowance from P2, 000 to P3,000.
Deadline of application is on June 10, but Enriquez suggests that it would be better if interested applicants can submit their application and requirements by the end of this month.
Last year, there were seven students in the province who made it in the list of GSIS scholars.
Enriquez hopes that this year, their central office in Pasay City would increase the allocation for Negros Oriental.
On the other hand, GSIS here yesterday gathered heads of different national government agencies and provincial offices for an orientation on GSIS programs and services for their members especially those who are retiring soon.
She noted that for many times, it’s always the employees who get oriented first on their programs and services and this time the agency would like the heads of government agencies to be informed on developments on their programs.
More than 40 NGAs in Negros Oriental participated in the meeting.
The GSIS-Dumaguete Branch Manager initiated towards the end of the meeting the formulation of an organization of NGAs named Government Agencies Association of Negros Oriental (GAANO) to strengthen the link and communication between NGAs.
GSIS-Dumaguete covers 21, 300 members from 103 agencies that remit contributions to them in Negros Oriental and Siquijor provinces. (rmn/ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental/This article was originally published at PIA website on May 13, 2016)