GSIS pays P343M insurance to PNP for 2020 chopper accident

Published January 27, 2021, 10:53 AM

by Gabriela Baron

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) paid P343 million to the Philippine National Police (PNP) for the insurance claim of a chopper that crashed in Laguna in 2020.
GSIS President and General Manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet turned over the check to PNP Chief Gen. Debold Sinas in a virtual claims settlement ceremony on January 19.
“GSIS immediately settled the claim after both parties acknowledged the private adjuster’s report and upon PNP’s acceptance of our settlement offer for the claim. The amount is the largest insurance payout that we approved in 2020,” Macasaet said.
The chopper, a 2017 Bell 429 Helicopter, carried eight people during the accident, including then-PNP Chief Archie Gamboa.
PNP’s insurance premium payment to GSIS for the aircraft was compensated for the accident including the medical expenses of the passengers. To date, PNP has nine other aircrafts insured with the pension fund.
Republic Act 656 or the Property Insurance Law mandates government offices to insure their properties with the GSIS.
“Unfortunate events like this accident teach us the value of insurance. We hope that other government agencies follow suit and insure their properties with GSIS/ Preparedness can make a world of difference,” Macasaet added.