The Social Security System (SSS) collected a total of P1.12 billion in contributions from members and employers in Makati City during the first quarter of this year, surpassing the P964.85 million collected over the same period last year in the country’s business and financial center by 16 percent.
SSS Senior Vice President for National Capital Region (NCR) Operations Group Jose B. Bautista said the strong growth in contribution collections reflects the intensified SSS efforts to improve its coverage and service delivery in Makati, which houses about 40 percent of the top 1,000 corporations in the country.
“It is imperative for us here in SSS to enhance our operations to adequately respond to the rising demand and challenges which affect service delivery and client satisfaction. For example, given Makati’s increasing number of transacting clients, we addressed the need to reduce office congestion by relocating our Makati -J.P. Rizal branch to a bigger space to accommodate more members and employers,” he said.
The recently-inaugurated SSS Makati-J.P. Rizal branch, which is now situated at the third floor of the KBC Building in Barangay Olympia, caters to 15 barangays with about 6,200 registered employers and more than 94,000 covered employees, self-employed workers and voluntary members.
Other SSS branches in the area include Makati-Ayala and Makati-Gil Puyat, which jointly account for about two-thirds of the city’s contribution collections due to their proximity to the Central Business District; and Guadalupe, which is directly connected to the MRT Guadalupe Station for easy accessibility.
The four Makati branches cover more than 323,000 members and employers by the end of last year, up by nine percent from about 282,000 in 2014. SSS Guadalupe, which was created in 2014 and the youngest among the four branches, recorded the highest growth rate in coverage in 2015 with 34 percent.
Bautista said the active involvement of local government units (LGUs) and informal sector groups (ISGs) in the KaltaSSS-Collect and AlkanSSSya Programs contributed to the expanding membership and collections in Makati City.
Among the primary beneficiaries of the KaltaSSS-Collect Program, which is formerly known as the e-AlkanSSSya Program, are job order (JO) and contractual workers in LGUs who are exempted from the mandatory social security scheme for government employees.
“Barangay Magallanes, for instance, was the first LGU in Makati City that joined the e-AlkanSSSya Program back in July 2013. From then on, other LGUs took the initiative to ensure the social security protection of their own JO and contractual workers by enrolling them in the same SSS program,” he said.
Meanwhile, the AlkanSSSya Program caters to ISGs, whose members often find it difficult to save up regularly for their SSS contributions. The program enables them to set aside as little as P11 per day and store it in a secure metal facility until the monthly total is counted and remitted to SSS by the ISG.
Currently, the two programs have a total of 17 participating ISGs and LGUs which represent over 1,800 workers. Other initiatives by SSS Makati branches include offering “one-stop-shop” services and on-site tellering systems that can collect SSS payments from household employers and individual members.
“We commend our partner organizations for helping the SSS bring our services all the way down to the barangay level. We hope that they maintain that passion to serve their constituents by helping them attain their much-needed social security protection through an active SSS membership,” Bautista said.