GSIS head to be appointed soon

July 6, 2010 9:59 pm 

MANILA, July 6 — President Benigno S. Aquino III is set to appoint a new head for the Government Service Insurance System to ensure that government pensioners and current employees are able to enjoy the benefits due them under the law.

Presidential Spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a news briefing that during the campaign for the May 10 election, “the plight of an old woman who approached then candidate Noy complaining that she has yet to receive her GSIS pension stuck in the mind of the President.”

Lacierda said foremost in the President’s mind is to fill up key positions in government that affect the bureaucratic operations. This is why, he said, "the President met with Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr. this morning" to determine the vacant positions that must be filled up immediately.

“To what extent and who will be the appointees, I still have no idea, Lacierda said.

Lacierda recalled the 60-second infomercial of Aquino on the GSIS where while he was on board his vehicle, he was told by an old teacher that she has yet to get her pension. “It stuck to us in our execom meetings and even up to now. He (P-Noy) thinks that the GSIS funds should really be focused (on providing such benefits) because a lot of teachers are complaining and we understand that.”

Lacierda said the decision by Foreign Affairs Secretary Alberto Romulo to extend by three months the services of political ambassadors and consuls was “to ensure that the services of these offices would not be disrupted, especially for the overseas Filipino workers.”

He said he did not think the extension of these foreign officers violated Memorandum Circular No. 1 on the services of non-CESO (career executive service officers) political appointments, co-terminus appointments and those of contractuals and others. (PNA)

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