Alternative modes of validating senior citizen pensioners adopted

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The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) on Thursday, February 18, 2021, mandated pension-issuing agencies and their servicing banks and other financial institutions to adopt alternative modes of validation for senior citizen pensioners.

At present, senior citizens make personal appearances or submit documents that require personal appearances before a notary public in order to have continuous access to their pensions.

The IATF considered the health and safety of senior citizen pensioners in approving this resolution and directed relevant government agencies to issue the corresponding memorandum circulars for its implementation by March 1, 2021.

Also approved is an amendment on mass gatherings under General Community Quarantine (GCQ) found in the Omnibus Guidelines on the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines to reflect the businesses, industries, and activities that have been allowed by previous IATF resolutions.

The IATF likewise revised its earlier resolution, IATF Resolution No. 98, where it deleted the reckoning period of March 20, 2020, in reference to the visas issued to foreign nationals allowed to enter the Philippines.

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