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Teachers to march to Mendiola to demand GSIS refund

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April 27, 2010





The Alliance of Concerned Teachers will lead a motorcade and march of public school teachers and employees to Mendiola on Wednesday, April 28, to demand the refund of illegal deductions made by the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) from the benefits of its members.

Several hundred teachers are expected to join the protest action in Metro Manila tomorrow. They will assemble at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City at 7 a.m., motorcade to UST in Manila, and start the march to Mendiola at 9 a.m.. There they will hold a program until 11 a.m. The protesters will burn a large image of GSIS President and General Manager Winston Garcia and Pres. Gloria Arroyo to symbolize their protest.

ACT will also lead a protest action in Davao City on April 28 and in Butuan City on April 29.

“Teachers and other government employees throughout the country are seething with anger at the GSIS,” said ACT national chairperson Antonio Tinio. “For nearly one decade, they have suffered from the unjust policies imposed by its politically-influential President and General Manager, Winston Garcia.”

Tinio noted that all over the country, public school teachers complain that the GSIS has deprived them of benefits to which they are entitled. “They complain of huge deductions on the maturity of their GSIS insurance policy, of being charged with unexplained premiums in arrears, of not receiving annual dividends from GSIS, of being denied survivorship benefits, of GSIS failure to deduct loan payments, resulting in huge interests on loans, of retirees subjected to huge deductions on their benefits. The list goes on.”

ACT condemned the role of Malacañang in prolonging the agony of teachers in relation to the GSIS. “Time and again, Pres. Arroyo has continued to express confidence in the leadership of Garcia at GSIS in spite of the widespread misery his so-called reforms has caused to the fund’s 1.5 million members. The Arroyo-Garcia tandem is at the root of our problems with the GSIS,” said Tinio.

ACT urged the presidential and other candidates running in the May 10 elections to take up the cudgels for public school teachers suffering from the unjust policies of GSIS. “We ask the president-elect to act on our demands,” said Tinio.

ACT ‘s demands are as follows:

  • The immediate refund of all unwarranted deductions made by GSIS against members’ benefits.
  • The ouster of Winston Garcia as President and General Manager and the filing of administrative, criminal and civil charges against him for violating key provisions of the GSIS law.
  • The scrapping of the Premium-Based Policy, the Claims and Loans Interdependency Program, and other policies introduced by Garcia which have deprived GSIS members of the full enjoyment of benefits to which they are entitled.
  • The introduction of genuine reforms that will strengthen the role of GSIS as the social security fund of government employees. #



Reference: Antonio L. Tinio (0920-9220817)

ACT Chairperson



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