MANILA, July 27, 2016 – A prelate urged the national government to investigate several local government units (LGUs) in Basilan’s alleged non-remittance of tax payers’ Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) premiums.
“I hope they will look at the record for Basilan, there are so many mayors who have not remitted GSIS premiums for their people,” he added.
Bishop Martin Jumoad said several employees have complained of not receiving their GSIS benefits and even cited a friend whose dependents could not claim any of his benefits even after his death because his contributions were not remitted.
“We need political will,” said Jumoad in Filipino. “There are many retired people who don’t get their GSIS [benefits], that’s the truth.”
The prelate remains hopeful that the Duterte administration will look into the issue, which could also be a problem in other LGUs across the country.
“I hope the government must be honest and sincere, maybe they are just waiting for the report,” said the prelate. “There are really a lot of problems here in Basilan. I hope the president can give it attention.”
President Rodrigo Duterte recently signed an Executive Order on Freedom of Information (FOI) that makes all government transactions transparent to prevent graft and corruption. (Ysabel Hilado / CBCPNews)