By Ria Fernandez
The City Government of Manila has requested more time from the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to settle the unpaid premiums and interests of its employees amounting to P204 million.
City Accountant Maria Lourdes Manlulu said they have already asked GSIS for a one-month extension while they try to retrieve the files on remittances and check records to find out where the discrepancy lay.
Nevertheless, she stressed that they have never been remiss in remitting the GSIS dues of the city’s employees.
“As far as we are concerned, tuloy-tuloy ang payment. That is what we are trying to establish,” Manlulu told the Manila Bulletin.
“It is just a matter of reconciliation kasi syempre may mga nag-resign o nag-retire na,” she added.
According to Atty. Isagani Cruz, Jr., GSIS chief legal counsel, the pension agency sent several letters to Manila City Hall, asking it to settle its obligation worth P204, 215, 076.45 accumulated from 2012 to 2018 to no avail.
Hence, in their final demand letter dated March 1 and received by the other party on March 13, GSIS gave the local government 30 days to pay its debt or else it will be “constrained to…file the appropriate criminal, civil and administrative complaints against all the city officials involved in the collection and remittance of premium contributions, loan amortization and other amounts due the GSIS.”