Over 32M SSS members include informal workers, inmates – official PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 September 2015 14:29

By ALMA L. TINGCANG

There are now over 32.1 million members of the Social Security System (SSS) which includes workers coming from the informal sector and even inmates who are giving contributions monthly, said an SSS official here last week.

SSS Assistant Vice President for Western Mindanao Atty. Rodrigo Filoteo shared that membership increase can be attributed to new innovations, such as the AlkanSSSya program.

“The AlkanSSSya serves as a ‘piggy bank’,” Filoteo said. “Tricycle drivers, market vendors and even prison detainees have now become contributing members of the SSS.”

The AlkanSSSya is a strategy to encourage workers of the informal sector to “drop” a daily amount for a monthly savings that would add up to at least Php330 per member.

Meanwhile, the SSS has been initiating partnerships with government agencies and local government offices to enable their job order and contractual workers who are not members of the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) to become members using the AlkanSSSya scheme.

Atty. Filoteo emphasized the importance of being SSS members as benefits are numerous, especially in times of contingencies. Among the benefits that members are eligible to receive are sickness and maternity leave, disability, retirement, death and funeral benefits, employees’ compensation and salary loans.

The SSS encourages non-members to avail and be part of the growing number of SSS members nationwide and overseas. For more information on membership and benefits, interested parties may visit the local SSS office at Veterans Avenue, this city. — ALT/FDM/PIA9-Zamboanga City