Four-month SSS collections in Mindanao jump 13 percent to P3.2-B

DIPOLOG CITY, Zamboanga del Norte – The Social Security System (SSS) has collected P3.2 billion in members’ contributions in Mindanao from January to April this year, up by 13 percent from P2.9 billion over the same period in 2013, with nearly 80 percent of overall collections coming from the employed sector.

Atty. Rodrigo Filoteo, SSS Assistant Vice President for Western Mindanao, said the contributions from regular and household employers from Mindanao rose by 13 percent to P2.5 billion. About P1.6 billion of these payments were from “large account” employers, or businesses with at least 100 workers.

“Meanwhile, contributions from the smaller ‘branch account’ employers reached P959 million during the four-month period. Double-digit collection growths were attained for both large and branch employer accounts in Mindanao at 10 percent and 20 percent, respectively, which attests to the sustained efforts of SSS branch offices to promote employer compliance in the area,” he noted.

Filoteo, along with other senior officials headed by SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr., are in Dipolog City on July 21 and 22 to meet employers, branch heads and employees in Western Mindanao as part of management’s continuing drive to promote closer ties between SSS and its stakeholders.

The SSS has over 135,000 registered employers in Mindanao, of which 99 percent – including some 33,000 household employers – fall under branch accounts, while about 1,400 employers are classified as large accounts. In terms of number of covered employees in the area, 2.9 million members are employed by businesses, and about 7,300 more are household workers.

Collections from self-employed and voluntary members amounted to P698 million, reflecting an increase of 13 percent from the P618 million within the first four months of 2013. The SSS has 1.2 million covered self-employed and voluntary members in Mindanao.

The AlkanSSSya Program helped contribute to the increase in collections from informal sector workers, who are covered as self-employed members. As of April 2014, a total of 110 informal sector groups representing 11,735 workers in Mindanao have already joined the AlkanSSSya. Workers enrolled in the program are given their own secure compartment in their organization’s AlkanSSSya unit, where they can store their daily SSS savings until these are collected, counted and remitted by their ISG to an SSS branch or collection partner at the end of each month.

Filoteo said another option for interested ISGs or associations is to enroll in the e-AlkanSSSya Program, which entails the automatic deduction of contributions from workers’ salaries and wages that will be remitted monthly by the organization to the SSS.

“The e-AlkanSSSya Program addresses the social protection needs of job order and contractual workers in barangays and other government offices who are excluded from the mandated coverage of social security institutions for regular public sector employees,” he explained.

The SSS has 31 branch and representative offices as well as eight Service Offices in Mindanao. Its operations in the area are supervised by four SSS division offices stationed in the cities of Cagayan de Oro (Mindanao North), Davao (Mindanao South 1), General Santos (Mindanao South 2) and Zamboanga (Mindanao West).

 

‘Glenda’ victims offered SSS loans, advanced pension payments

The Social Secuirity System (SSS) has offered a calamity relief package for members, which allows them to renew their salary loans, avail of house repair loans with easier terms, and advance their pension payments, following the onslaught of Typhoon Glenda on Wednesday, July 16.

SSS Vice President May Catherine Ciriaco, Officer-in-Charge of the SSS Lending and Asset Management Division, said the SSS calamity relief package is extended to members in areas declared under state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), which as of 18 July 2014 includes the provinces of Albay, Camarines Sur, Samar, Laguna, Naga City, and the town of Obando in Bulacan.

“This relief assistance was set up to help our members in urgent need of funds during these times,” Ciriaco said. “They can use their loan proceeds and advance pensions for food, safety water, and medicines, and to pay for other expenses resulting from the damages caused by Typhoon Glenda.”

The SSS calamity relief package includes the Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP), which enables existing borrowers in affected areas to renew their salary loans ahead of the prescribed period under the regular loan guidelines. Members with sanctions on loan renewal due to their availment of the SSS Loan Penalty Condonation Program are also allowed to apply for SLERP, provided that they live or work in a declared calamity area.

“The SSS will also waive the one-percent service fee charged on salary loan applications, both for new and renewed loans,” Ciriaco said, adding that the same eligibility requirements, interest rate, and repayment terms on salary loans will still apply.

The assistance package also offers qualified SSS pensioners with an option to get in advance their three-month’s worth of pension. Availment of advance pension payments requires submission of an application form duly certified by the Barangay Chairman.

“Pensioners may also attach a certification issued by the Barangay Chairman, DSWD, or NDRRMC that attests their residency in the typhoon-affected area. We will only accept applications without any of these certifications if the pensioner’s given address is within an officially declared calamity area and it is the same as that in our database,” Ciriaco explained.

The SSS official also said that the regular release of pensions will automatically resume right after the three-month period covered by the advance payments.

Aside from the SLERP and three-month advance pensions, the SSS has also reduced the interest rates for the SSS Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan to six-percent per annum. The service fee is also waived to further help the members who need to rebuild their homes, said Ciriaco.

The deadline of submission of applications under the SSS calamity relief package is on October 31, 2014 except for the Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan, which is up to one year from issuance of its SS Circular. Application forms are available at SSS branches or may be downloaded from the SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph).

For SSS members residing in affected areas not yet officially declared in state of calamity, the SSS will update them through a media advisory as soon as the NDRRMC has completed its assessment of damages.

Epson Introduces New Models To Expand Award-Winning L-Series Original Ink Tank System Printers

L1300 L1800

Epson, the world’s first, and to date the only printer maker to offer genuine ink tank system printers, announced the launch of the latest models in the award winning[1] L-Series Original Ink Tank Printers. With four new models being introduced into the market – the L120, L1300, L1800 and L555 – Epson continues to offer an incredible print volume at the lowest cost per page of any genuine supplies printer.

 

 

Target Market

Type

Model

Print Speed

Connectivity

Home/Small Office

Single Function Document Printer

L120

Up to 8.5 ipm2 (ISO)

USB

SMB Print Provider/ Professional photo studios

Single Function A3 Photo Printer

L1800

Up to 45 sec per 4R Photo (borderless)

USB

Small Office to Medium Sized Business

Single Function A3 Printer

L1300

Up to 15 ipm2(ISO)

USB

All-in-one Fax Printer

L555

Up to 9 ipm2(ISO)

USB and Wi-Fi

 The new range of L-Series printers continues to provide for all level of users from the more affordable, high-speed L120, which offers SOHO and small businesses the option of a highly reliable, low cost document printer with a small footprint, to the all-in-one, super high ink capacity L555 with fax, Automatic Document Feeder (ADF) and wireless printing flexibility for medium sized businesses that need speed and reliability.

“The Epson L-Series has always been about providing users with what they needed. Since we first introduced the series, we have been gathering feedback, innovating and improving our products to better meet the needs of our customers,” said Koichi Endo, Managing Director of Epson Southeast Asia. “We are confident that we have provided a product that gives our customers the best possible quality for the lowest cost-per-page.”

Key Features

High Speed, Volume and Reliability – For small to medium business owners, productivity is key and the new range of L-Series printers offer print speeds of up to 15 ipm[2]  for the business printers and up to 45 seconds per 4R print for the photo printers. Users can be assured of a reliable and durable machine that can handle heavy load, with the inclusion of 1 year warranty[3] that comes with every printer.

Extremely high print volume and low cost per page – Having set the benchmark for the lowest cost per print, Epson’s new range of L-Series printers continues to provide business and home users with high quality prints at the lowest price and highest yield.

Ultra high performing and reliable Epson Micro Piezo print head – The Epson L-Series printers were created utilizing Epson’s multi award-winning Micro Piezo technology. Highly reliable and more durable than competing thermal print head technology, Micro Piezo print heads are built into the printer and are capable of printing high volume. This allows the L-Series printers to achieve a low running cost while still providing high quality prints. The Micro Piezo print head achieves a maximum print resolution of 5760 x 1440 dpi[4] and its variable size droplet technology (VSDT) allows the print head to eject ink droplets in multiple sizes, ensuring the greatest detail and extremely smooth gradations in documents or photographs.

Print wirelessly from mobile devices with Epson iPrint – The new L-Series includes the L555, which is the world’s first original ink tank system with fax and Wi-Fi capabilities. This means that users of the L555 will be able to use the free Epson iPrint app to wirelessly print items like documents, web pages and photos using either Apple iOS or Google android mobile devices. The Epson iPrint app also allows users to scan items using the L555 printer and have the images saved to their mobile devices or stored online to their cloud storage services.

“Insist on Epson” Genuine Product Promise – Epson’s neatly integrated ink tubes built into the ink tanks allow for fuss-free ink refilling while the genuine product promise means that unlike third-party systems, the Epson L-Series Original Ink Tank Printers are covered by Epson’s warranty for up to a year3.

Key specifications

Feature

L120

L1300

L1800

L555

Print Resolution

720 x 720dpi 

5,760 x 1,440dpi

Print Speed

8.5ipm

15ipm

-

9.0ipm

Max 4R Photo Speed

-

58 Sec photo (default, with border)

45 sec photo (default, borderless)

27 Sec

(draft, with border)

Scan Optical Resolution

-

1,200 x 2,400

Scanning Speed

-

2.2msec/line (mono) 7msec/line (color)

Bundled Page Yield

(Black/Color)

4,000/6,500 pages

7,100/5,700 pages

1,500 4R photos

4,000/6,500 pages

Operating System Compatibility

Windows® XP/XP Professional x 64 Edition/ Vista™/ 7/ 8/ 8.1

Mac OS X 10.5.8/ 10.6.x/ 10.7.x/ 10.8.x/ 10.9.x

Printer Interface

USB 2.0

USB 2.0/ Wi-Fi

Wireless Mobile Printing

-

Epson iPrint

Price

PhP4,995

PhP18,995

PhP24,995

PhP14,495

 

CURVES, The World’s # 1 Fitness Franchise, Now open for franchising in the Philippines!

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“No makeup, No men, and No mirrors.”
The unofficial motto of Curves may sound simple, but since the first womenonly
gym was opened in Harlingen, Texas in 1992, it has grown by leaps and
bounds.
Just look at the figures: 10,000 clubs in over 90 countries serving more than
four million (4M) members. What took McDonald’s 25 years, and Subway 26
years to do — that is, open 7,000 locations — Curves did in just less than a
decade.
One accolade after another came Curves’ way:
• The fastest-growing franchise in history
• The world’s largest fitness franchise
• No. 1 fitness franchise
• New York Times bestseller (Curves, Permanent Results without
Permanent Dieting.)
What is CURVES all about, and what does it stand for?
Curves is about fitness, health, and moving away from disease; gaining
strength and losing weight; reaching your goals in a community of support
and encouragement; and strengthening Women.
With its scientifically proven exercise and diet programs, Curves is the only
“one-stop shop” where women can lose weight, gain muscle strength, aerobic
capacity, and raise metabolism for good.
The innovative 30-minute fitness concept – which works every major muscle
group — combines strength training and sustains cardiovascular activity
through safe and effective hydraulic resistance.
Curves also have a revolutionary diet program that’s scientifically based and
has been proven in numerous and ongoing university research studies, to
raise metabolism and end the need for perpetual dieting.
The club proved to be an overnight success, as it gave women a supportive
and comfortable atmosphere in which to work out.
“We know that we tapped into a market that isn’t being served by traditional
gyms and that we could help millions of women. However, we know we
couldn’t do it alone. We need to find passionate people who are interested in
helping the women in their communities and teach them how to run Curves”
say Curves founders, Gary and Diane Heavin.
And the good news is, CURVES, The World’s # 1 Fitness Franchise, is now
open for franchising in the Philippines! Curves Philippines has been operating
in a single site franchise in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City for the past 3
years. It has a dedicated and well-trained team of staff that is passionate
about the business, the clients and the health and fitness industry as a whole.
With the success of this branch, the shareholders have acquired the master
franchise and now opening its doors to franchisees that would like to be a part
of the Curves phenomenon that continues to take the world by storm!
Interested parties may contact Curves Philippines at +63 917 5293816, +63915 4884189 or log-on to http://www.buycurves.com.