BFP says Pag-IBIG data gathering woes caused retirement collection benefit mess

Published March 3, 2021, 1:10 PM

by Chito Chavez

The Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) clarified on Wednesday, March 3, that the delay in the payment of Pag-IBIG contributions for some of its personnel was due to the updating process problem in the agency.


BFP director Jose Embang Jr. made the clarification amid insinuations of anomalies after some of its retired personnel found out that the agency did not remit its payment for Pag-IBIG (Pagtutulungan sa Kinabukasan: Ikaw, Bangko, Industriya at Gobyerno (PAG-IBIG) for several months.

After reading the predicament of the ex-BFP personnel from Manila Bulletin, Embang immediately ordered an extensive investigation to determine the cause of the PAG-IBIG fund collection benefit fiasco.

The BFP chief ordered the personnel department to improve their data gathering and updating prowess, warning them that any form of corrupt acts in the bureau will never be tolerated.

Retired Fire Officer 2 Reynaldo Romero who initially complained about the matter said that the BFP has already settled its remittance with PAG-IBIG through the intercession of Embang and is due to collect his benefits next week (second week of March).

On February 15, Romero protested that PAG-IBIG required him to submit a certification of contribution covering December 2019 to September 2020 before he can collect more or less P100,000 of his cash benefit.

Since PAG-IBIG contributions are automatically deducted from the monthly salaries of every BFP personnel, Romero who spoke for the other 2020 retirees admitted being perplexed by the instruction before he can collect his benefit from his 32 years of service in the BFP.

Despite being puzzled by the PAG-IBIG requirement, Romero who retired from the service in October 2020 inquired from the BFP finance department about the document only to be told that the bureau has not paid his PAG-IBIG contributions in the questioned period.

Romero noted that the finance personnel could not give him any answer when questioned why his contributions were not transmitted to PAG-IBIG despite being regularly deducted from the basic pay from his “more than three decades length of service in the bureau.’’