Government purges list of military pensioners-A A +A
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
THE Aquino administration has purged the list of pensioners in the military by delisting almost 6,000 names, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) said Wednesday.
The purging of the list of military veterans was made as the Budget department released P1.59 billion for their regular pension requirements for the months of October to December.
A total of 206,154 pensioners—whose identities have been certified and validated by the Philippine Veterans Affairs Office (PVAO)—will benefit from this latest release charged against the Pension and Gratuity Fund (PGF), Budget Secretary Florencio Abad said.
“Aside the P7.94 billion we have released so far this year, this latest release supports the well-being of our military veterans and their families, ensuring that their pensions are well-provided for in the last quarter of the year. This is in line with the President’s continuing support to our veterans and their families who have demonstrated great bravery and loyalty to the country,” he said.
The Budget chief added that the pensioner list submitted by PVAO was compared against the records of Government Servicing Banks/Loan Associations, which maintain the Automated Teller Machine (ATM) individual accounts of pensioners as part of the validation and cleansing process.
Out of the 211,913 cleansed list of pensioners as of June 30, 2012, 174,279 matched with names both appearing in the PVAO and bank lists, while 37,634 accounts were classified “doubtful” because of the duplication of names and discrepancies in the account numbers assigned to some names.
Thereafter, 31,875 additional pensioners were validated by PVAO as active and valid, making the total number of validated pensioners to 206,154.
“Our dedication to deliver the pension benefits of our veterans in a timely fashion goes hand in hand with our commitment to ensure that public funds are well-accounted for. Through our evaluation and validation process and the subsequent enrollment of all eligible pensioners to ATM accounts, we have successfully cleansed our beneficiary list of invalid, duplicate and ghost entries," Abad said.
"In addition, the implementation of electronic payments in the delivery of pensions has ensured the timely and transparent release of benefits straight to our pensioners’ individual accounts,” he added. (SDR/Sunnex)