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AFP fast-tracks revalidation of pensioners’ data
Sunday 28th of July 2013
QUEZON CITY, July 28 (PIA) -- To ensure timely release of monthly benefits of retired military personnel, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) is fast-tracking its massive pension cleansing through revalidation of its pensioners’ data.

In a statement, the Armed Forces of the Philippines Pension and Gratuity Management Center (AFPPGMC) said that out of the 122,472 pensioners as of June 2013, around 15,775 did not meet the requirements set by the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) due reasons such as dubious data, incomplete or no data at all.

“The AFPPGMC is taking vigorous and painstaking efforts to fast-track the revalidation of our list of pensioners,” AFPPGMC chief Colonel Enrique C. Reyes said.

Reyes also said that their office is coordinating with the AFP Finance Center, Office of the Adjutant General (OTAG) and AFP Management and Fiscal Office in cross-matching and evaluation of military pensioners’ records from the AFP Financial Management Information System and AFP PenMIS (Pensioner Management Information System) databases.

He added that this action is done to come up with a revalidated list of AFP pensioners as he also called on other pensioners to personally submit their accomplished annual Pensioner’s Update Form or via the postal services along with a proof of life to prevent similar complications in the future.

As of July 19, 2013 out of 15,775 pensioners with incomplete data, the AFPPGMC has already validated 12,203 pensioners with 5,988 already restored in pension payroll or in the process of pension restoration.

For the remaining tagged pensioners whose monthly pensions are still withheld, a proof-of-life and submission of filled-up Pensioner’s Update Form (PUF) is needed in order for their account to be revalidated and further restored.

The AFPPGMC added that as of July 19, there are still around 324 pensioners with incomplete records wherein AFPPGMC is continuously researching on.

Likewise, the AFPPGMC has extended its research through coordination with their Non-Current Records, AFP’s OTAG and the Retirement and Separation Benefits System (RSBS) to complete the DBM required information.

Meanwhile, retirees and their beneficiaries were assured that the AFP is continuously undertaking measures to ensure the integrity of the military pension payroll and avoid ghost pensioners. (AFP-PAO/RJB/JEG/PIA-NCR)
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