Issue of September 10, 2017
     
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Pensioners’ appeal to Congress and the President
CLEMENTE T. BONGTIWON, Ifugao

Here is an insight in the implementation of pension increase among retirees from the government service. The pension has a basis mandated on laws enacted by Congress.

Sec. 14 of Republic Act 8291 or the Government Service Insurance System Act states that all pensioners receiving their monthly pension shall be periodically adjusted upon the recommendation of the GSIS president and general manager endorsed by the Board of Trustees and upon approval of the President of the Republic of the Philippines.

Likewise, Sec. 4 of R.A. 9994, or the law granting additional benefits to senior citizens so provides that benefits of retirees shall be regularly reviewed to answer their continuity responsiveness and sustainability, practicable and feasible and shall be upgraded to make it at par with the current salary grade enjoyed by those in actual service.

Why are these laws sleeping in the cabinet shelves of Congress? The implementation of these laws should be under the watch of the House of Representatives and Senate along with the Office of the President.

The pensioners nationwide are clamoring for a pension benefits which is equal to the pension increase of military men.

Remember that the biggest groups among the pensioners are the teachers who contributed much to nation building. Without them, there are no political leaders such as mayors, congressmen, senators and the president. Idiots cannot hold office to help their constituents.

Why these government officials have no time to look on this problem of pensioners. Why are these retirees stagnant, ignored and lame duck in their benefits.

In this situation, it is a clamor among retirees/pensioners to implore the assistance of our government officials to look into their responsibilities to enforce the strict implementation of the provisions of R.A. 8291, R.A. 9994 and R.A. 7693 known as the Portability Law.

For the sake of justice, the claimants deserve to enjoy what is due them in their twilight years.

Have the government officials have more action than words?

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