Caloocan mayor submits 'reconciled' records to GSIS

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 06 2011 10:19 PM | Updated as of Aug 07 2011 07:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Caloocan City Mayor Recom Echiverri submitted documents to the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to disprove allegations that he failed to remit over P300 million in employees' contributions to the GSIS.

Echiverri submitted the “reconciliation report” directly to GSIS President Robert Vergara.

The documents showed that the GSIS continued to bill the city government on the remittances, plus interest and penalties, even for retired, deceased, resigned and fired employees.

"Doon lumalaki ang problema namin kaya we are reconciling it now. I’m happy that malilinis na natin ang records ng GSIS so far as Caloocan City government is concerned,” said Echiverri.

The documents are still subject to validation by the GSIS.

“Hopefully, in 2 to 6 weeks matatapos na ‘yung validation and there after, magkakaroon na kami ng MOA signing," the mayor said.

“We want to work quickly to ensure that these people are restored and able to avail of the benefits,” GSIS President Vergara said.

The Ombudsman had slapped Echiverri with a 6-month preventive suspension in connection with allegations from Caloocan Vice Mayor Edgar Erice that Echiverri failed to remit employee contributions.

However, Echiverri was granted a Temporary Restraining Order from the Court of Appeals, which allowed him to continue to serve as mayor.