Fund brings forward payouts

Contribution, Collection and Compliance department Team Leader Severo Moreyawa (centre) speaks with the members outside the Fiji National Provident Fund office in Lautoka. Picture: REINAL CHAND/FILE

FIJI National Provident Fund (FNPF) teams have been clearing pending COVID-19 applications this week, processing payment for applications that have been approved, specifically for members applying for the lockdown relief, voluntary members relief and Phase 4 Round 2.

Fund’s acting chief executive officer Viliame Vodonaivalu said this included the early payment for Phase 2 Round 5 members, whose relief funds were to be paid next week on Tuesday 18 May, 2021.

In a statement yesterday Mr Vodonaivalu said a total of $9.25 million was being paid to 37, 077 members for Phase 2 Round 5 Cycle 4 – with 32,466 receiving a government top up of $7.7m, adding that these members would be able to access their funds from this morning depending on the banks crediting process.

Meanwhile he said the fund had also made an early payment of $1.6m for 5502 pensioners on 12 May whose payments were due on 14 May.

He said the fund had also extended the waiver of pension renewal certificates due in June.

“Pension payments will continue to be processed and paid based on the presumption of life. These are our delicate members and we will strive to make things as convenient as possible for our pensioners.”

The fund had also introduced a short code and mobile numbers in an effort to minimise costs for its members and stakeholders who needed to reach out to the fund during this period of restricted movement.

The short code 5857 and mobile phone contacts for both members and the employer helpline will go live from Monday 17 May 2021.

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