By John Noel E. Herrera
State pension fund Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) donated three vehicles to the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) – Region 6 on Tuesday, Sept 13, 2022, at the GSIS-6 office in Iloilo City.
GSIS newly appointed President and General Manager Jose Arnulfo “Wick” Veloso led the turnover of three serviceable Toyota vehicles which was also attended by the staff of GSIS and TESDA in Western Visayas.
TESDA-6 Regional Director Jerry G. Tizon accepted the donations.
GSIS said that the donation will benefit the training programs of TESDA-6 as it will enable the agency to reach far-flung communities in Iloilo and the region.
“Ito ay ang aming tulong para ang mga estudyante sa TESDA ay may makukumpuning mga sasakyan, and by the way kahit itong mga ‘to ay luma, ito’y pwede pang magamit at makakatulong kami doon sa mga gusting makapag-aral ng pag-memekaniko para meron silang totoon sasakyan na nakukumpuni at ito ay isang corporate social responsibility role ng GSIS that we are happy to help,” Veloso said.
“Isa pong malaking tulong itong ibinigay ng GSIS sa TESDA para sa mobility ng aming training program, including our mock-up para sa automotive servicing qualification,” Tizon said as he thanked the GSIS during the program.
Veloso also met with Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treñas to discuss the city government’s proposal to lease the GSIS lot located on Dela Rama street as a parking space for government vehicles.
“Ang paki-usap sa atin ng city government ay kung pwede nilang magamit ang lote at ang kapalit ay sila ngayon ang mag-me-maintain ng property at pinapangako ng ating mayor (Jerry P. Treñas) na sila ang magsisiguro ng ating property, while at the same time cleaning it, at sabi naming walang problema,” Veloso said.
Veloso also clarified that when GSIS needs the lot, the city government is willing to give it back to the agency, making him feel delighted with the transaction as it is “a mutually beneficial government-to-government transaction.”
According to Veloso, they still need to make an agreement for the 5,300-square meter lot as they “will see if it is acceptable in their respective offices.”
Veloso also shared that as newly appointed head of GSIS, he wanted a digital transformation of transactions in the agency as he believed it is the “key to excellent customer experience for members and pensioners.”
“I want GSIS to be the gold standard for public sector digitalization to give our stakeholders faster, better, and more convenient service and customer experience,” he said.