Students thank SSS Zambo for experience in public service PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:55

College students who joined the Social Security System (SSS) Zamboanga Branch under the annual Government Internship Program (GIP) completed their 38-day participation on May 26. As interns, the 11 chosen students experienced life as part of the SSS workforce and performed tasks such as clerical and secretarial work, customer service, and other support functions.

In simple ceremonies spearheaded by the SSS Zamboanga Administrative and General Accounting Section, the interns, who are mostly in their last year in college in the coming schoolyear, expressed their gratitude to the SSS for the GIP as this renewed their hope in finishing their studies. Their daily stipend of P308 helped them save up for their enrollment and still have enough for other school expenses.

Jocelyn D. Subo, an incoming 4th year Bachelor of Science in Criminology student from Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), failed to suppress her emotions when she shared the financial difficulties faced by her family which made her resort to selling native delicacies to augment their income. She considered the GIP a great blessing because it enabled her to save money for her tuition, purchase a set of uniforms, and spare some extra cash to share with her sibling.

Jemark R. Bautista, a graduating criminology student from WMSU, said that the GIP saved him from spending his summer under the scorching heat of the sun. He said, “To earn for my tuition, I always spend my summers working in construction firms. I am so happy that I was chosen to be a part GIP as my summer job. For the first time, instead of wielding a hammer, I was handling paperwork.” Bautista assisted the Member Services Section (MSS) with the reproduction and routing of office documents.

While the GIP benefited the interns financially, they also extended their thanks to the SSS for their irreplaceable learnings from their work environment. After experiencing culture shock during the first few days in a government office, they eventually developed a deep appreciation of the men and women behind the sacrifice that is public service and thanked each individual who made their GIP endeavor memorable.

Daniel N. Vargas, MSS Team Head, acknowledged the services rendered by the youth particularly the huge role they played in reducing the section’s current backlog. “[Do you] remember that mountain of paperwork? If it was not for you GIP interns, that mountain will still be there,” Vargas said.

The Zamboanga interns rendered various song and dance numbers during their recognition day as a sign of their concerted effort to thank the SSS. A total of 530 college students nationwide participated in the SSS implementation of the GIP which started last April 4.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 June 2016 11:56