This is a video of a Pinoy television program in the US, which featured the plight of former LDHS teacher Sabina Arafiles and other retirees who are now based abroad. Ma’am Sabina’s pension was recently stopped by the Philippine Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) for her failure to renew her so-called e-card online. New rules adopted by the GSIS require that pensioners based abroad should renew their membership via Skype, a chat program that is completely unknown to many of our senior retirees who do not have much experience with computers.
Many LDHS graduates in the US, including George Gange (Batch ’68), have taken up the cudgels for Mrs. Arafiles by getting in touch with GSIS offcials in the Philippines. Mr. Gange has even written a letter to Senator Nene Pimentel and requested the latter to look into this issue. Our fellow alumni are correct in saying that former public servants, especially teachers who have dedicated their lives molding the youth, deserve better treatment from the government.