A COMMITTEE of the House of Representatives recommended that teachers
be refunded of the deductions made for their pension premiums after the
education department failed to reconcile its records.
Some 198,000 teachers and other employees of the Department of
Education (DepEd) are at risk of losing their contributions to their
pension funds after the department missed the deadline for updating and
reconciling the service records of their personnel.
House Assistant Majority Leader and Davao City Representative Karlo
Nograles said DepEd officials admitted during the hearing of the House
Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability that they failed
to meet the February 28 deadline set by the Government Service Insurance
System (GSIS), the pension fund for public employees.
As a result, the GSIS will be forced to adopt the outdated service records of the 198,000 government employees.
“The committee was told that the GSIS will treat the outdated records
as true even if it is to the detriment and disadvantage of the
teachers. Sorry na lang daw sila kung malas nila na isa sila sa mga
hindi na-update,” said Nograles.
“This is very disturbing because it only reveals the utter arrogance
and apathy of those running the GSIS and an education department which
seems to be so inept in managing the records of their own people,” the
neophyte lawmaker added.
In view of the development, panel members agreed to recommend that
deductions made to teachers arising from mis-deduction or double
deduction of premiums should be refunded to the teachers with interest.
The situation prompted the committee to also call on the GSIS to stop
deducting unremitted premiums from the policy benefits of teachers and
The investigation was prompted by a House resolution filed by
Alliance of Volunteer Educators (AVE) party-list Representative Eulogio
Magsaysay which alleged massive irregularities in the GSIS.
During the hearing, it was revealed that service records of GSIS
members that are still being updated caused confusion especially
regarding premiums that are supposed to have already been deducted from
teachers’ salaries and paid to GSIS.
A substantial amount of premiums were also not remitted to GSIS by
DepEd in 1997 until 1998 and this was supposed to be paid directly by
the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) to GSIS.
To this day however, the DBM has yet to complete its payment to GSIS,
thereby forcing pro-rated deductions on the policy claims of affected
DepEd employees and teachers.
"Basta ang alam lang ng mga teacher, may automatic deduction ang GSIS
sa sweldo nila and obviously, they teachers just assume it is being
remitted to GSIS. Hindi na kasalanan ng teacher if the premiums are not
being remitted. Kasalanan yan ng DepEd so I don’t understand why the
teachers are being made to suffer (Teachers just assume that automatic
deductions are remitted to the GSIS. It is not their fault if these are
not remitted. It is the fault of the DepEd and I don’t understand why
the teachers are being made to suffer)," Nograles said.
Source: (Kathrina Alvarez/Sunnex)