The State-run Government Service Insurance System said Wednesday it continues to reach out to the relatives of the slain Special Action Force 44 policemen by inviting them to work for the pension fund.
A bloody encounter with the Bangsamoro Islamic Freedom Fighters in Mamasapano killed the policemen on Jan. 25, 2015.
President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to government offices to give priority to the employment of their widows and siblings, and GSIS heeded the call and has been communicating with their relatives to make a job offer.
“It is not easy to fill the void left by the SAF 44 as breadwinners. We would like to give their families a source of income by working in GSIS,” said GSIS chairman and general manager Rolando Ledesma Macasaet.
“At the same time, they will be augmenting our operational requirements to better serve our members and pensioners.”
Macasaet said that applicants will undergo evaluation based on standard operating procedures to determine if they are qualified.
To date, GSIS has employed four of them at its Zamboanga Branch, and they are Lhea Tabdi, widow of Police Senior Inspector Gednat Tabdi; Emeliza Danao, wife of Police Officer 2 Walner Danao; Margaret Manuel, fiancee of Police Officer 2 Joel Dulnuan; Adelisa Bedua, wife of Police Officer 2 Glenn Bedua; and Andrada Asjali, sister of Police Officer 3 Jedz In Asjali.
When asked how they took the news that they have been employed by GSIS, the first batch of hires said they welcomed the opportunity to earn a living and to take the first step toward healing.
Meanwhile, the application of Ms Janet Carap, widow of Police Officer 2 Peterson Indongsan Carap of Kabayan, Benguet is being processed. She will likely be assigned to the GSIS Baguio branch office.
The GSIS had paid the Employee Compensation
funeral benefits of SAF 44 policemen and released the initial pension benefits of their survivors barely a month after the tragedy struck.
The surviving spouses and dependents of qualified SAF 44 policemen have since been receiving EC pension administered by GSIS.
GSIS is the first agency under President Duterte’s administration to provide this kind of assistance to the SAF 44 families.