DepEd execs face raps over unpaid GSIS premiums

By Lerio Bompat, ABS-CBN News Central Mindanao

Posted at Jun 25 2014 06:04 PM | Updated as of Jun 26 2014 02:04 AM

COTABATO CITY - The Department of Education in Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (DepEd-ARMM) is preparing to file charges against its officials and employees who were involved in the non-remittance of premiums.

The move comes after the signing of the supplemental Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between DepEd-ARMM, the local government of ARMM, the Department of Budget and Management (DBM), and the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) last June 17 for the settlement of DepEd's almost P3 billion unpaid premiums to GSIS.

DepEd-ARMM Regional Secretary Atty. Jamar Kulayan has filed a proposal to create a committee that will look into the filing of charges against the officials and employees involved in the non-remittance of premiums.

"On our part we had a meeting the other day with the Executive Secretary of the Office of the Solicitor General of the ARMM, I recommended for the creation of a committee to do the investigation pursuant to our obligation under the MOA, so magkakaroon ng DepED team," Kulayan said.

The team will be composed of Kulayan, Atty. Balahim, Assistant Secretary John Magno, and other members coming from the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG).

Kulayan, however, refused to identify those who will be facing charges.

"The document we submitted to the Senate during last year's budget hearing, we were required by Senator Drilon, there were 4 administrations involved and so there will be about 12 individuals although some of them are already dead," Kulayan said.

A re-computation of benefits for retired employees of DepEd will also be done.