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GSIS now accepts applications for scholarship program

CEBU CITY, Philippines – GSIS Branch is now accepting applications for GSIS Scholarship Program for Academic Year 2016-2017.
This scholarship program has recently been revised under Board Resolution No. 24 dated March 10, 2016. The most significant enhancements in the revised Policy and Procedural Guidelines (PPG) cover the following:
1. Opening of scholars for any college level during K to 12 program’s transition period for Academic Year 2016-2017 to AY 2017-2018.
2. Inclusion of Permanent Total Disability (PTD) pensioners below 60 yrs old who still have children in college.
3. Increase of scholarship slots from 200 to 400 slots. For Region VII, 23 slots are given to qualified applicants.
4. Increase in monthly stipend from P2,000 to P3,000.
5. Grant of monetary incentive to those who will graduate with latin honors (cum laude-P20,000, magna cum laude-P30,000 and summa cum laude-P50,000)
All active and regular GSIS members at the time of application with at least three (3) years of service and with salary grade of 24 or below or its equivalent job level will qualify to nominate a scholar.
The member is allowed to nominate one (1) scholar who meets the following qualifications: 1. must be a child of a member, including the child/dependent of solo parent as defined under the Solo Parents’ Welfare Act of the dependent of a childless married or single member; 2 an incoming freshman or college student in any year level who is accepted in or taking up any 4 or 5 year course.
Eligible members may secure an application and certification forms from GSIS Cebu Office or may download the same from the GSIS website at
For all applicants, please submit the following requirements to GSIS Cebu for processing: 1. Duly accomplished forms; 2. Dependent’s Birth Certificate (PSA issued or authenticated by PSA); 3 Employment Certification to be signed by the Agency Authorized Officer; and 4 School Certification to be signed by the Authorized School Officer.
For applicants with sectoral group affiliation, please submit the following additional requirements:
1. Endorsement form the head of agency/office attesting to the veracity of the sector you belong;
2. Original/Certified true copy of government-issued authentication: PWD ID or National Council on Disability Affairs, Certificate of Confirmation of Tribal Membership from National Commission on Indigenous Peoples (NCIP) and Solo Parent ID from Local Social Welfare Development Officer (LSWDO).
Eligible GSIS members will be selected based on their annual basic salary and length of service.
The scholar shall be entitled to the following benefits during the 4 or 5 year course duration: 1 Actual cost of tuition and miscellaneous fees not to exceed P40,000 per academic year, regardless of the number of terms (not to include summer classes) and 2 Monthly stipend of P3,000.
Deadline of submission will be on June 10, 2016.

Criselda Cabangon David, a happy mother of two kids, is a full-time Sociologist at the City Government of Lucena, Quezon Province. She is currently the Managing Editor of Ang Diaryo Natin Sunday News, a weekly local community newspaper in the Philippines and an active member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.