DILG establishes units within police, fire, and jail bureaus to manage personnel retirement benefits

A June 21, 2011 press release by the Department of the Interior and Local government

Interior and Local Government Secretary Jesse M. Robredo yesterday established a special unit within the PNP, BFP, and BJMP that will manage and administer the fund releases for retirement, separation, and pension benefits of retirees from the said offices.

In a memorandum circular, Robredo created the Retirement and Benefits Administrative Service (RBAS) unit for the central and regional offices, which shall be solely responsible in the management and administration of the pension and gratuity benefits of PNP, BFP, and BJMP personnel

It shall be under the functional supervision of the respective Directorate for Personnel of the PNP, BFP, and BJMP.

“Our goal is to consolidate the existing policies/monitoring system in the administration of retirement/pension benefits in the PNP, BFP, and BJMP, and to fast track the release of these benefits and pension to the retirees/pensioners and their beneficiaries,” he said.

Under existing laws, the retirement age of police, fire, and jail uniformed personnel is 56 years old.

Robredo said the establishment of a RBAS is necessary to fill in the organizational and functional gaps that exist in the current system, as well as to harmonize the contributory efforts of the different offices involved in the retirement and pension system.

Specifically, he said the new unit shall systematically and promptly process and monitor all requests/claims of retired/pensioner/separated uniformed personnel and their legal beneficiaries pursuant to retirement laws, as well as maintain and update a list of pensioner/ retired/ separated personnel and act as its custodian.

It shall also periodically account and monitor the status of existing pensioners and their legal beneficiaries, and facilitate the processing and approval of the personnel application for retirement and the transfer of pension to legitimate beneficiaries, he said.

Relative to the fund monitoring system, Robredo said the Directorate for Personnel of the PNP, BFP, and BJMP are required to prepare and submit to DBM a roster of active uniformed personnel that shall serve as database and will be used in counter-checking special budget requests for gratuity and terminal leave benefits.

The guidelines also provide that the payment of terminal leave benefits shall be subject to pre-audit in compliance with COA Circular 2009-002.

“Aside from this, all pensioners are required to submit a Pensioner Update Form to the national headquarters and regional RBAS, which shall, in turn, conduct an annual pensioners’/beneficiaries’ inventory and/or audit via home visitations,” Robredo said.