GSIS urges pensioners to ‘APIR’ online
NEGROS OCCIDENTAL, July 21 (PIA)—Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)-Bacolod Branch Office is urging old-age and survivorship pensioners who were unable to comply with the personal appearance requirement or Annual Pensioners’ Information Revalidation (APIR) before March 2020 to do it online.
The online services for personal appearance requirement is the pension fund’s efforts to protect and assist all its pensioners amid the country’s health emergency situation and for the safety of elderly pensioners, a press release from the GSIS Bacolod said.
Under normal situations, GSIS requires all old-age and survivorship pensioners to report to the nearest GSIS office or GSIS kiosk during their birth month to ensure continued receipt of their pension.
APIR is a monitoring mechanism to prevent pension overpayment to deceased pensioners.
To comply with the online APIR, pensioners must send a letter via email requesting the GSIS to activate their status and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The letter must indicate the date of request and contain their personal details such as complete name; complete address; contact number-mobile or landline and signature.
Pensioners must attach to the letter a photo of their UMID or eCard Plus card or their temporary card. In case these are not available, a photo of their two valid IDs may be submitted.
In addition, they must attach a chest-level photo of them holding a current newspaper whose headline and date of publication are prominently displayed. If not, the photo background may be a news crawler or a ticker on the TV showing the current news headline and date.
The date in the photo must coincide with the date of request indicated in the letter.
GSIS will inform concerned pensioners once the office has received their documents. (GSIS-Bacolod/ JSC/ /Lljr/PIA6 Negros Occidental)