Government Service Insurance System
Government Service Insurance System (Filipino: Paseguruhan ng mga
Naglilingkod sa Pamahalaan, abbreviated as GSIS) is a government-owned
and controlled corporation (GOCC) of the Philippines. Created by
Commonwealth Act No. 186 passed on November 14, 1936, the GSIS is
mandated to provide and administer the following social security
benefits for government employees: compulsory life insurance, optional
life insurance, retirement benefits, disability benefits for
work-related contingencies and death benefits. In addition, the GSIS
is entrusted with the administration of the General Insurance Fund by
virtue of RA656 of the Property Insurance Law. It provides insurance
coverage to assets and properties which have government insurable
It is not possible for non-government employees, self-employed or
non-working persons to become members of the GSIS. Instead, they are
covered by the Social Security System (SSS).
1.2 Benefits and services
2 Organizational structure
3 Old GSIS Headquarters Building
4.1 Database crash
6 See also
8 External links
The GSIS covers all government workers irrespective of their
employment status, except employees who have separate retirement
schemes under special laws, to wit:
Members of the Judiciary and Constitutional Commissions
Contractual employees who have no employee-employer relationship with
Uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the
Philippine National Police, including the Bureau of Jail Management
and Penology, and the Bureau of Fire Protection.
Benefits and services
The principal benefit package of the GSIS consists of compulsory and
optional life insurance, retirement, separation and employee's
Active GSIS members are entitled to the following loan privileges:
consolidated, policy, and emergency loans.
The governing and policy-making body of the GSIS is the Board of
Trustees, the members of which are appointed by the
President of the
The GSIS workforce consists of 3,104 employees, 52% of whom are in the
Head Office while the remaining 48% are in the Branches. To date,
there are 40 branches and 78 satellite offices nationwide. It is
envisioned that the System's service network will continue to increase
as the institution is committed to provide branch offices in every
province where there exists a minimum of 15,000 active members.
Old GSIS Headquarters Building
Government Service Insurance System
Government Service Insurance System Building, built in 1952 in
Arroceros (near SM Manila, the previous location of the YMCA Building)
was one of the first of the new buildings programmed for the New
Republic to be completed. Designed by Federico Ilustre, the
structure's character stand at the intersection between neoclassical
and modern aesthetics. As a transitional style for government
architecture, its façade generated a series of ascending fluted
pillars that had neither bases nor capitals to express a stripped and
simplified modern stye, yet, at the same time, it has the character of
classical massings and proportions. The corner of the building had
been rounded, forming a corner tower with three vertical bays of
windows ascending from the entrance canopy. To the left of this corner
tower, a flat wall was fenestrated with vertical louvers and pierced
screen insets. The elevation in the other corner was defined by
horizontal bands of windows and concrete planes.
The GSIS building used to house the main office of the then Ministry
of Education, Culture and Sports, and of the Office of the Ombudsman.
Some of its outer rooms currently house the office of city election
officers and several branches of the metropolitan trial court.
This heritage building,right behind Manila City Hall is being targeted
next for demolition and in clear violation of the law on heritage. The
owners have been asked by Manila City Hall when they were going to
Federico Ilustre landmark.
Coconut Manila had asked James Jao, the architect and London School of
Economics-trained urban planner on the plan for rescuing the built
heritage structure. "This building can be gentrified into a mixed-use
development. By retaining the existing structure, it can be the podium
of a high-rise building behind including an atrium... The existing
GSIS Building can host upscale retail shops and some restaurants, with
a lobby/reception on one side for the hotel or condominium (office or
residential). This approach can complement the existing SM City mall.
An underground walkway can connect both the GSIS and SM," he
On April 2 and May 11, the GSIS Integrated Loans, Membership, Acquired
Assets and Accounts Management System (ILMAAAMS) went into a database
crash, causing the agency to incur a backlog in its processing of
claims and loan applications. The GSIS filed on June 1, 2011, a
P100-million damage suit against the IBM
Philippines and its parent
firm, as well as contractor Questronix Corp. for supplying defective
database software that led to the computer crash.
The GSIS was the first government agency in the
Philippines to adopt
Unified Multi-Purpose ID System, "which aims to streamline and
harmonize the identification systems of all government agencies and
government-owned and controlled corporations through the use of a
unified multi-purpose ID". On August 16, 2011, the GSIS announced
that enrollment for the eCard has reached its one million mark.
On January 25, 2008, GSIS
General Manager Winston Garcia
announced "that it will be investing a total of $5 billion in fixed
income, equities and properties [in the Philippines] and abroad ...
initially investing $1 billion this year in global markets, and
another $1 billion locally".
Social Security System (Philippines), for private employees
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GSIS official websit