ACT Teachers Representatives Antonio Tinio and France Castro filed House Resolution 1729 to conduct an investigation into the delayed remittance or non-remittance of the personal and government shares of public school teachers’ Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) premiums by the Department of Education (DepEd) which resulted in penalties and interests amounting to millions of pesos and deprivation of benefits to members.
Aside from HR 1729, ACT Teachers Party-List filed House Bill 471 which aims to impose stricter penalties on erring officials and would place mechanisms to prevent teachers and other GSIS members from shouldering the burden caused by mismanagement, poor recordkeeping, irregular remittances, inefficient collection, lack of transparency, outright abuse and corruption on the part of the GSIS, employer agencies, and their officials.
Tinio was recently reappointed as chair of the technical working group that will consolidate proposed amendments to the GSIS Law.
“We call on the House leadership to schedule hearings on HR 1729 to start the investigation on delayed remittance or non-remittance right away. We also seek the support of our fellow legislators for the immediate enactment of the much needed proposed reforms under HB 471,” the solons ended.