Shortly the Public Service Commission (CFP) will authorize approximately one thousand public servants to receive their pensions, including the age pension, the invalid pension and the widows and orphans pension.“Currently the Ministry for Social Solidarity (MAA) and the CFP will jointly compile data in order to determine who the beneficiaries should be,” said Libório Pereira, President of the CFP, in Colmera, Dili.Mr. Pereira said the three main types of pensions, will be awarded this year.
“Once the data is obtained we shall proceed with payments and our law also provides the opportunity for those who wish to retire,” said the CFP President. Meanwhile David Bendito da Silva, National Coordinator for Timor-Leste Coalition for Education (TLCE), said there are currently many teachers who have been serving for quite a long time, don’t even turn up and are still collecting their wages every month. “Worse still, I have read in some independent newspapers some teachers who have retired or died, still have their money collected, because their names are still on the list and other people are signing on their behalf,” said Da Silva. This is currently going on in some District schools. “We will be looking out for people who just sit at home twiddling their thumbs and then at the end of the month they go and collect their pay because they are in cohorts with the regional Directors,” said the Coordinator. He asked the CFP to pay more attention to this issue so Government funds were not abused.
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