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Castro to DepEd: Remit teachers’ GSIS premiums on time

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ACT Teachers partylist Rep. France Castro denounced the Department of Education’s failure to remit the premiums for Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) membership of public school teachers, which has resulted in them incurring millions of pesos in penalties and interests.

“One of the long-running concerns of public school teachers is the non-remittance of GSIS premiums despite having their contribution deducted automatically from their salaries monthly,” the Makabayan lawmaker said in a statement.

“Case in point is the complaint we recently received regarding the DepEd Batangas Province Division’s failure to timely remit the premium despite having their contributions almost P1.93 million in interest. Aside from the delay, premiums for one month remain unremitted,” she said.

“Teachers are bearing the brunt of DepEd’s negligence,” Castro said.

“The DepEd should immediately remit these contributions, and check with all its regional and division offices to see if this is not an isolated case,” Castro added. “It should also address the other complaints which we continue to receive such as failure to deduct and collect payments for teachers’ loans as well.”

Under Republic Act 8219 or the GSIS Act of 1997, each employer shall remit directly to the GSIS the employees’ and employers’ contributions within the first 10 days of the calendar month following the month to which the contributions apply.

The remittance by the employer of the contributions to the GSIS shall take priority over and above the payment of any and all obligations, except salaries and wages of its employees.

“The law is clear but DepEd simply fails to do its task. The law also provides for a 2 percent interest per month for delayed remittance. The same applies to teachers’ loans from GSIS, they incur penalties and interests to be shouldered by the teachers,” Castro said.

As provided under GSIS law, the heads of offices and agencies shall be administratively liable for non-remittance or delayed remittance of premium contributions to the GSIS.

“DepEd must be held accountable for its failure in its obligations under the GSIS Law, which eventually deprive teachers of their benefits,” Castro said. “GSIS on the other hand, should coordinate with DepEd to ensure the remittances in the soonest possible time.”