SSS revises contribution payments deadline

By PIA-NegOr

In response to the widespread request from employers and individual members, the Social Security System (SSS) said it revised the payment deadlines for the payment of contributions for the applicable months starting January to June 2018.

Under Resolution No. 361-s.2018, the Social Security Commission revised the payment deadlines.  For employers, the existing deadline of 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and month-end following the applicable month depending on the 10th digit of the 13-digit Employer No. has been moved to month-end following the applicable month.

In press release, SSS cited an example that if an employer’s deadline for the payment of contributions for the applicable month of March 2018 is April 10, 2018, such contributions can still be paid until April 30, 2018 without penalties.

Similarly, self-employed and voluntary members can pay up to the month-end following the applicable month or quarter of contribution payment regardless of the last digit of the individual member’s SS Number.

For example, if individual members failed to pay either their March 2018 or January to March 2018 contributions on their respective deadlines, they can still pay these contributions until April 30, 2018.

The revised payment schedule was implemented in view of the system infrastructure adjustments brought about by the Real-Time Posting of Contributions (RTPC) program.

Any penalties paid by employers based on the existing payment deadlines covering the applicable months of January to June 2018 shall be refunded.

As of end-December 2017, SSS has more than 960,000 registered employers and some combined 8.63 million registered voluntary and self-employed members.


GSIS to roll out APIR Caravan in Negros Oriental and Siquijor

By Roi Lomotan

Kapihan sa PIA on GSIS APIR Program (9)
PIA-NegOr Infocen Manager Jenny Tilos, GSIS-Dumaguete City Branch Manager Atty. Mercedes VPE Enriquez, and GSIS – Dumaguete City Information Officer Risty Villahermosa during a Kapihan sa PIA forum on GSIS’s APIR Program held on April 6, 2018 at the Conference Hall of GSIS – Dumaguete City Branch. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) – Dumaguete City Branch will roll out its Annual Pensioners Information Revalidation (APIR) Caravan in different towns and cities in the province and also in Siquijor starting this month.

This is part of the nationwide campaign to urge GSIS “old-age” and “survivor” pensioners aged 79 years old and below to appear before GSIS personnel to activate their status and ensure the continuous receipt of their pension.

The caravan will begin on April 18 at Canlaon City Gym for pensioners in Canlaon City. On the other hand, pensioners in Guihulngan City and Vallehermoso are invited to participate in the APIR Caravan at Guihulngan City Gym on April 19, 2018.

On April 20, the APIR Caravan will travel to Tayasan Multi-Purpose Hall. The caravan will also cater to GSIS pensioners in Jimalalud.

On April 24, the APIR Caravan will take place at Domolog Public Market in Bindoy. This is intended for GSIS pensioners in Bindoy and Ayungon Towns.

On April 26, the staff of GSIS – Dumaguete Branch will visit Bais Cultural Center in Bais City to service pensioners in Bais City and Manjuyod Town.

On May 3 and 4, the APIR Caravan will go to Tanjay City Plaza Osmeña to serve pensioners from Tanjay City, and the municipalities of Amlan and Pamplona.

On May 16, the APIR Caravan will go to Siaton and on May 17 to 18, the staff of GSIS will head to Bayawan City to service pensioners in Bayawan City, Sta. Catalina and Basay towns.

The last schedule for the APIR Caravan in Negros Oriental is on May 30 in Mabinay town.

GSIS – Dumaguete City Branch will also carry out APIR Caravan in Siquijor on the following dates: April 19 and 20 in Larena town for pensioners Larena and Enrique Villanueva towns, May 17 and 18 in Siquijor town for pensioners in the said municipality and San Juan town, and on May 23 and 24 in Lazi Cultural Center, Lazi town.

During these activities, GSIS will also bring a portable GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosk where they can swipe their GSIS UMID (Unified Membership I.D.) Cards to reactivate their status.

In a Kapihan sa PIA forum this morning at the Conference Room of GSIS-Dumaguete City Branch, It’s manager Atty. Mercedes VPE Enriquez cited GSIS is reviving its old policy which requires pensioners to report to the GSIS and verify their status and existence. Many years ago, this policy was called Annual Renewal of Active Status (ARAS).

“Once you become a pensioner, be it old age or pensioner for a survivor, you will be a pensioner for life. So we need to validate every year kung buhi pa ba ta because it will affect our actuarial fund. Mao ning kinahanglan ta magpahibalo (Once you become a pensioner, be it old age or pensioner for a survivor, you will be pensioner for life so we need to validate every year our existence because it will affect our actuarial fund. That is why we need to report and reactivate out status),”Atty. Mercedes said.

Starting March 23 to June 30, 2018, GSIS will conduct a three-month reactivation period for all its pensioners.

During these dates, pensioners will have to report to any GSIS office or any GSIS GWAPS Kiosk deployed in strategic areas nearest to them or during the APIR Caravan in the abovementioned cities and municipalities for reactivation and renewal of their status using their GSIS UMID cards.

GSIS Dumaguete has deployed GWAPS kiosks in Robinsons Place Dumaguete, LandBank Dumaguete City, Provincial Capitol, and in Guihulngan City, Tayasan, Siaton Municipal, Bais City, Tanjay City.

For pensioners whose birth month falls within the reactivation period, they only have to reactivate their status once this year. After this, they have to renew it on their birth month next year and every year after.

However, for pensioners whose birth month falls outside the reactivation period (July to December 2018) they will have to reactivate their status twice this year. First is before June 30, which is the last day of the reactivation period. The second is on their birth month this year where they have to renew their status. After this, they will only have renew their status once next year and every year after on their birth month.

Meanwhile, GSIS is also open for house visitation for pensioners aged 81 years and above who are bedridden or can no longer travel to GSIS office or kiosks.

Pensioners or their relatives who would like to request a home visit must send a letter together with their contact number, sketch or location map of their residence and in addition, barangay certification that certifies the pensioner is incapable to travel to GSIS or medical certificate.

With this, Atty. Enriquez encourages all the pensioners to participate in the APIR caravan and have their statuses renewed.

Right now there 8, 492 GSIS pensioners in Negros Oriental and Siquijor. (ral/PIA7-Negros Oriental)


Seven NegOr barangays vie for Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards

By Roi Lomotan


Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA)-Negros Oriental Awards committee convenes to rate and evaluate the nominees for this year’s LTIA. (PIA7-NegOr)

Seven barangays in Negros Oriental are vying for this year’s Lupong Tagapamayapa Incentive Awards (LTIA) this year.

For component cities, three barangays have been nominated by their local LTIA screening committees, namely: barangays Mabigo in Canlaon City, Motong in Dumaguete City, and Tangculugan in Bais City.

On the other hand, four barangays representing four towns are also nominated for the 1st to 3rd Class Category for municipalities.

These are barangays Tinaogan in Bindoy, Ajong in Sibulan, Poblacion in Sta. Catalina, and Puhagan in Valencia.

The Provincial LTIA Awards Committee headed by the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) convened on Feb. 23 and Feb. 26 to assess and rate said barangays based on the documents submitted to their office.

LTIA Focal Person Didi Cimafranca said the barangays are judged based on the following main criteria: efficiency in operations, effectiveness in securing the settlement of interpersonal dispute objective of the Katarungang Pambarangay (KP), creativity and resourcefulness of the Lupong Tagapamayapa, area or facility for KP activities, and financial or non-financial support.

Cimafranca explained that barangays who will get 95 to100 rating, 90 to 94 rating, and 85 to 89 rating will be named first, second, and third place winners, respectively based on DILG  Memorandum Circular 2016 – 58 which serves as guidelines in judging the LTIA nominees.

The winning barangays will be automatically nominated for the regional LTIA by the province.

The DILG official disclosed that the awarding in the provincial level will take place in September while the regional winners will be announced by the end of December.

LTIA aims to strengthen KP as an indigenous conflict resolution structure, institutionalise a system of granting economic benefits and other incentives to the Lupong Tagapamayapa which demonstrate exemplary performance, and generate greater awareness and support from various sectors of the society on KP as a potent vehicle toward social ordering and human development.

Aside from trophies, cash incentives will also be given to the winning barangays to be utilized for their KP projects and programs.