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GSIS releases 3.2 billion Christmas Cash Gift for pensioners

December 16, 2021 Bro. Clifford T. Sorita 339 views

SoritaState pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) will release the 2021 Christmas Cash Gift amounting to a total of P3.2 billion to its old-age and disability pensioners starting December 6. The benefit is also known to pensioners as their “Christmas bonus.”

“Sa kabila ng hinaharap nating pagsubok dahil sa pandemya, hangadnaming makatulong pa rin sa pagbibigay ng masaya at maginhawangPasko sa aming mga pensiyonado. Kaya naman siniguro ng GSIS Board na maaga ang ecrediting ng Christmas cash gift sa kanilangmga UMID card o eCard,” GSIS President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet said.

For pensioners who received more than P10,000 in cash gift in 2020, they will be granted an amount equivalent to one-month current pension but not exceeding P12,600. For those who received P10,000 and below in 2020, they will receive a cash gift equivalent to one-month current pension up to a maximum of P10,000. Those who resumed their regular monthly pensions after December 31, 2020 (after the five-year guaranteed period) will be given an amount equivalent to one-month current pension up to P10,000.

Qualified to receive the cash gift are old-age or disability pensioners who are living as of November 30, 2021 and retired under Republic Act (RA) No. 8291 (GSIS Act of 1997), Presidential Decree No. 1146, and RA 660 (Magic 87). For those who are on suspended status due to non-compliance with the Annual Pensioners Information Revalidation (APIR), they will be eligible to the cash gift provided they activate their status on or before 30 April 2022.

Survivorship pensioners, dependent pensioners, pensioners under RA 7699 (Portability Law), and those receiving pro-rata pension are not eligible for the Christmas Cash Gift.

New retirees from 2017 up to 2021 who availed of immediate pension under RA 8291 will receive their first annual Christmas Cash Gift five years after their retirement date. For retirees who availed of the five-year lump sum, they will be entitled to the benefit after the five-year guaranteed period or once they start receiving their monthly pension.

Similarly, members who were separated from service from 2006 to 2021 before reaching the age of 60 and who started receiving their regular monthly pension between 2017 and 2021 will be entitled to the cash gift once they have been regular pensioners for at least five years.

POSTSCRIPT: In six days we will all celebrate Christmas and will be invited to a couple more of COVID time Christmas Parties but let us not be overwhelmed by the glitter and spectacle of all these festivities. Let us look beyond the banquet, gifts and entertainment of all our Christmas parties and see the value of COMPANIONSHIP, SHARING and FORGIVENESS to which this blessed season brings. And only then can we truly experience the true joys of Christmas.

THE JOY OF COMPANIONSHIP. “The word (Jesus) became flesh and dwelt among us.” Christ shared in our common humanity to be one with us. This is the spirit of the Christmas Season … to share in the company of those we love. More than the mere merriment of our Christmas parties is the joy of togetherness, and by partaking in these festivities we acknowledge that we are part of a family, community or institution to which we are truly grateful for all the love and friendship we were blessed to have. The so called “Samahan ng mga Malalamig ang Pasko (SMP)” will never exist if we open ourselves to the warmth and concern of the people around us most especially to those who care and feel affection for us.

THE JOY OF SHARING. Personally, I believe that it wasn’t coincidence that Christ was born in a manger. A manger is where we feed animals, and Christ born in a manger would eventually reveal that Christ would symbolically be “food for men”. Christ would offer himself as the “bread of life”, inspiring us in each and every Eucharistic Celebration (holy sacrifice of the mass) to share in the same breaking of the bread for others. So each time we open those “exchange gifts” from our “Monito or Monita” and see that the items inside do not conform to the agreed upon amount. Let us not be too frustrated for the true essence of Christmas is in giving. Besides, it may sound cliché but I still believe that in each and every gift it is always the thought that counts.

THE JOY OF FORGIVENESS. Christ was born for the salvation of men through the forgiveness of our sins. The promise of deliverance in our Holy Bible’s Old Testament finally found fulfillment in the birth of our savior Jesus Christ. So each time we attend a Christmas party, we should take that opportunity to reach out and reconcile with those we couldn’t see “eye-to-eye” due to personal misunderstandings. For how can we truly celebrate the birth of Christ if hatred lurks within us? How can the joy of the Yuletide Season fill our hearts if we allow ourselves to be consumed by the loathing we have towards those we consider as our adversaries? And, how can we commemorate the wonderful promise of our salvation if we ourselves are unwilling to forgive those who have sinned against us?

To all my family, friends and colleagues at Radyo Veritas 846, People’s Journal Group of Publications, San Roque de Pasay and Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila (PLM) … you are my true joy this Yuletide Season. Merry Christmas and God bless you always.

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