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GSIS opens scholarship opportunities to members’ kin

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Tuesday, April 24th, 2018


The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has announced the opening of scholarship applications for  children and relatives of its members who wish to enter college.

The agency will grant education opportunities to 400 would-be college students who will receive P40,000 worth of tuition and miscellaneous fees. Each scholar will also receive P3,000 monthly stipend.

“Ang pagpili ay pababaan ng sweldo. Iyong mga miyembro natin na pinakamababa ang sweldo iyon ang malaking tsansa na makapasok,” said GSIS Head for Corporate Social Advocacies Department Ryan Palad.

(Selection is based on the lowest salary. Members who have lower salaries have higher chances of approval.)

Interested applicants should have at least three years experience as a government employee, with a salary grade of 24 or below, and was able to pay monthly premium contribution for the past six months.

Application form, list of requirements and list of accredited schools are made available on the agency’s official website. —  Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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Malacañang rejects bid to revoke scholarship of student activists

by admin   |   Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2019

FILE PHOTO: Youth rallyists during the anniversary of the EDSA People Power on February 25, 2016 | PVI/Kenneth Valladolid

QUEZON CITY, Philippines — Malacañang does not support the National Youth Commission’s bid to revoke the scholarship of students who join the anti-government rallies unless there is concrete evidence to prove their involvement in schemes to topple the current administration.

At a press briefing, held in Malacañang on Wednesday morning, Presidential Spokesperson and Chief Presidential Legal Counsel, Sec. Salvador Panelo asserted that being a member of a leftist group or participating in anti-government protest is not sufficient reason to withdraw the scholarship of students granted by the state.

A mere suspicion should not be a ground to revoke their scholarship.

“We are government of laws, not of speculations. Kung sinususpetsahan lang natin, di naman puwede yun. kailangang mayroon tayong ebidensya na mga parte nga sila ng mga grupong laban sa gobyerno” Panelo said.

Panelo stressed that if they’re just joining protest rallies, it’s their right.

“Kung sila’y sumasama lang sa mga rally, that’s their right, that’s freedom of expression, and freedom of assembly”, the Press Secretary said.

However, it would be a different story if they are rallying to commit violence, or to incite sedition.

The youth leftist group has initially denounced the NYC chair’s proposal saying it contradicts the freedom of expression.

They also argued that the money spent for the “iskolar ng bayan’s” scholarship did not actually come from President Duterte’s pocket but from the taxes paid by citizens in the country. — Freema Salonga

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GSIS orders Sofitel to vacate due to decade-long arrears

by admin   |   Posted on Monday, April 23rd, 2018

French luxury hotel brand Sofitel

The “notice to vacate” was due to Sofitel’s non-payment of monthly land rental for 25 long years which is now estimated to have reached P101 million.

GSIS management argued that though Sofitel was able to pay the P9 million monthly rental for its building, the hotel did not pay its dues for other properties like the Japanese restaurant, parking space and tennis court among other amenities.

“Itong mga bagay bagay na to hindi kami binabayaran ng mga utang nila talagang nakaka irita ito at hindi nakakatulong sa aming sitwasyon ito, lumalala ang problema namin,” said Atty. Jesus Clint Aranas, President and General Manager of GSIS.

In a statement, Atty. Dianne Christie Rosacia, the legal counsel of Philippine Plaza Holdings Inc.,which operates Sofitel said, “PPHI has been complying with all its contractual obligations to GSIS, including the payment of rent.”

Rosacia added that, “The controversy concerns only two small lots, and not the hotel itself or the land where it stands. There is no reason for the controversy to affect hotel operations in any way.”

Sofitel has until May 13 to pay its dues otherwise the hotel will be compelled to vacate the land as stated on the notice issued by GSIS. Also, the government insurance company will defer its plans to file a lawsuit against Sofitel should it complies with GSIS’ demand.

GSIS is increasing its collections to further sustain its fund life.

The government insurance agency will also look into other tenants in nearly 60 of its properties to check for non-payment of rentals.

“I will tell you, I will assure you na since na identify ko na yan, unti unti na yan. I have started the engine already, and this will steam roll. Right now I don’t have the figures pero lugi kami,” Aranas said.

Aside from large establishments, there are also around 12,000 smaller establishments that have outstanding arrears from GSIS. — Mon Jocson | UNTV News

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Serbisyong Kasangbahay holds first Grand People’s Day; offers free public services

by admin   |   Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

MANILA, Philippines — The first ever Grand People’s Day of the Serbisyong Kasangbahay of UNTV has provided various services to hundreds of residents of Taguig City, especially to the poor.

Ruth Garda Villamin was one of the beneficiaries at the Grand People’s Day.

She was emotional because, after three years, she was finally able to consult a doctor.

Ruth is suffering from diabetes, high blood pressure, poor eyesight and breathing problems.

Ruth explained that she planned to visit the Serbisyong Kasangbahay office in UNTV but it is too far from her that is

“I’m thankful and with God’s mercy you have come here, thank God,” said Ruth.

Grand People’s Day offered free medical, dental, optical and legal service to the public.

“It’s a very good activity. Not all people can pay all the services we give. The good thing about this is that the conduct of the civic action is very organized,” said Muntinlupa Dental Chapter President Dr. Victor Victoria.

Various government agencies also participated in the activity such as the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Pag-IBIG, PhilHealth and GSIS.

The Philippine National Police (PNP) also conducted a free seminar to inform the public about the various modus operandi of criminals.

There is also a livelihood seminar for those seeking to learn and start a small business.

“To UNTV, Kuya Daniel, and Bro. Eli, thank you so much. This is a huge help for our constituents,” said barangay councilor Bing Lopena

“Many of our residents have benefited from the medical mission you conducted. Thank you so much,” said Coun. Carmi Ogalinola.

The Grand People’s Day of Serbisyong Kasangbahay is initiated by Kuya Daniel Razon.

Kuya Daniel is behind the many public service activities of UNTV like the libreng sakay or free-ride, free infant care center, free education, and several others.

Kuya Daniel’s major partner in the said public services is the Members Church of God International (MCGI) led by Bro. Eli Soriano— Mon Jocson | UNTV News & Rescue

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