MAASIN CITY (PIA) -- Active members Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) who have a son or daughter entering college, or already a college level in a four- or five-year course accredited by the Commission on Higher Education (CHED), can have something to look forward to.

The state pension fund is offering an educational subsidy as a way of helping the college schooling of its members, for as long as the member is having a salary grade of 24 or lower, a permanent employee, and having no unpaid loans.

On the part of the student, he/she should have an average grade of 80% in Grade 12, or the last semester, and is not currently enjoying any scholarship, said Rosenie Chavez, GSIS-Tacloban branch manager.

“GSIS educational subsidy program is not a loan, it is a grant, in which a qualified student can receive P10,000 per year, P5,000 per semester,” Chavez announced during the online Kapihan sa PIA Eastern Visayas, Monday, July 18, where she was the guest, hosted by Sol Alarcon.

Nationwide, there are 10,000 slots, and Region 8 was assigned 500 slots, Chavez said, adding that the deadline for accepting qualified takers will be on August 31, so those interested should visit the nearest GSIS office for more details.

Asked how many had applied so far for Southern Leyte province, Chavez cannot tell, saying only there were already applicants in the province.

Meanwhile, GSIS-Maasin Branch is calling the attention of its pensioners and members who have pending application for the Unified Membership Identification (UMID) card.

A temporary card from Land Bank or from Unionbank will be issued, GSIS-Maasin said in an advisory social card posted in its facebook page.

The temporary card can be used by the member or pensioner for transactions involving withdrawal of monthly pension or loan proceeds, and other benefits, GSIS-Maasin said. (LDL/MMP/PIA Southern Leyte)