New: Collect FNPF relief cheques from ANZ banks only
FNPF members who opted for cheque payments, and whose cheques are ready for collection, will now pick these up from ANZ branches Fiji-wide. A statement released today stated that effective today, Monday 14 March, all cheque distributions and payments will be handled by ANZ Bank. The bank will also distribute these to various ANZ branches […]
March 14, 2016 11:49 am
FNPF members who opted for cheque payments, and whose cheques are ready for collection, will now pick these up from ANZ branches Fiji-wide.
A statement released today stated that effective today, Monday 14 March, all cheque distributions and payments will be handled by ANZ Bank. The bank will also distribute these to various ANZ branches for members based outside Suva.
Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Jaoji Koroi said FNPF has to review its decision regarding cheques being handled by different banks following concerns raised by members on the inconvenience of collecting cheques from different sources.
Every effort and all resources have been diverted to this assistance. FNPF staff are working around the clock to ensure that members applications are paid out and we have and will continue to prioritise payments to those living in worst-affected areas.
No fee will be charged for the collection of these cheques. Likewise, members can also cash the cheques at ANZ or any other bank at no cost also.
Mr. Koroi emphasised that FNPF members need to know that their cheques are ready first before they visit the ANZ Bank.
We continue to plead for our members understanding in regards to the TC Winston natural disaster facility and the operational challenges that we have encountered.
The Fund will contact members via telephone to inform them when their cheques are ready for collection.
FNPF also publishes the names and numbers of members whose cheques are ready for collection, and the listing is posted outside the FNPF Boulevard in Ellery Street and on FNPF’s social media pages.
FNPF customers have to collect relief cheques directly from banks (10/03/2016)
Following an agreement with all commercial banks in Fiji, effective tomorrow (Friday 11 March), all FNPF members who have opted for cheque payments will now collect their cheques directly from the banks.
A statement released today stated that the distribution of the cheques, will see the following banks serving members with their FIRST names beginning with:
- A to E – ANZ Bank, ANZ House Branch;
- F to J – Westpac Suva Branch, Thomson Street
- K to O – BSP Suva Central Branch, Renwick Road
- P to S – HFC Bank, Victoria Parade
- T to V – Bank of Baroda, Mark Street
- W to Z – Bred Bank at MHCC, Thomson Street
There will be no fee charged for the collection of these cheques. Likewise, members can also cash their cheques without any fee. The FNPF is grateful for all the commercial banks for this service which will help the members immensely.
FNPF Chief Operating Officer, Mr Jaoji Koroi said the outsourcing of the cheque distribution has been done to free up resources at the Fund to focus on processing of natural disaster applications, which now stands at 91,805 applications as of this morning (Thur, 10/3)
We also need to normalize all other services that have been affected since the natural disaster assistance facility was launched.
FNPF will continue to print the list of members whose cheques are ready for collection and have these posted at the FNPF Boulevard; likewise the listing of member numbers has also been posted in our facebook page.
Members need to produce a valid photo ID to collect their cheques and also to cash these at the commercial banks.
We are also pleading with our members to be patient and be more understanding as the Fund undertakes this enormous exercise.
FNPF pays out $10m in relief assistance
More than 10,000 member applications worth over $10 million has been paid out for the TC Winston natural disaster assistance as of 8 am this morning.
In a statement released yesterday, FNPF’s Chief Operating Officer Jaoji Koroi said a total of 80,000 applications had been received and FNPF continued to prioritise payments to those living in worst-affected areas.
Mr Koroi said that given the high number of applications received, the Fund is faced with the daunting challenge of processing these to payment.
“We have diverted all our resources to this assistance and have increased our capacity to meet the demands from members.
“Applications received from Ba, Tavua and Rakiraki have been fast-tracked to the Suva office to allow for processing and payment to these members. We are also prioritising applications received from Koro, Levuka, Yacata, Taveuni and Vanuabalavu.
“We seek members’ patience and understanding on the delays that may be encountered given the volume registered so far, with more expected in the next few days.”
Earlier this week, FNPF had announced they had received over 51,000 applications for assistance.
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