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Government service at finger tips

March 1, 2022 Mario Fetalino Jr. 449 views

Mario FetalinoWE used to roll our eyes when availing of government services because they are slow if not inaccessible.

But times have changed and services of the state are fast improving because of technology.

Take for example the case of services at the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) which recently launched the enhanced version of GSIS Touch.

GSIS Touch is a mobile app that provides members and pensioners instant access to their GSIS records using their mobile phones.

Excited to introduce the enhanced version of GSIS Touch was the state pension fund’s President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet who is confident that the latest features and upgraded functionalities of the app could deliver convenient, safe and faster transactions to clients.

Through the enhanced GSIS Touch, active members may now generate tentative computations of their loan and claim benefits, as well as submit their loan and claim applications.

They may also view their membership and insurance policy records; keep track of their premium remittances and loan payments; and check their dividends, among others.

“Ang mga pensiyonado naman ay pwede na rin mag-submit ng kanilang request for APIR interview schedule at their convenience. Makikita rin nila sa app ang kanilang monthly pension records at loan payments,” Macasaet added.

In addition, the app now recognizes fingerprint or facial image for login of users using smartphones with biometrics capability/feature.

GSIS Touch also provides access to the online Guide to Transactions and Processes (GTAP). GTAP is the first electronic Citizen’s Charter (containing step-by-step guide to basic frontline services) in the Philippine government.

For government agencies and individual clients with vehicles that are insured with GSIS, the mobile app also provides information on how to download the Motor Vehicle (MV) Claim app.

The directory of branch offices, as well as the latest news on GSIS, may likewise be accessed through the GSIS Touch. The app was developed entirely in-house by the GSIS Information Technology Services Group.


With fuel prices rising endlessly in recent weeks, consumers especially motorists could now be more keen in looking for alternative sources of power.

Running cars and other vehicles on fuel has become too painful in the pocket lately with both diesel and gas prices pegged at almost P70 pesos per liter.

The price hikes were attributed to the ongoing war between Russia and Ukraine. Although peace talks between the two nations have started, no breakthrough has been reached.

With no end for such fighting in sight, our own battle against fuel price increases in the country continues.

One option for motorists in case fuel becomes unaffordable is electricity which can also power vehicles.

Though unsuccessfully marketed in the Philippines due to lack of charging stations, e-cars may now have another chance to attract the local market.


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