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SSS inaugurates new office for Manila residents

The Social Security System (SSS) has inaugurated a new branch in Sta.Mesa, Manila to benefit about 22,000 members residing within the area and nearby districts of Paco, Pandacan and Sta. Ana. The SSS Sta.Mesa branch located at the J&T Building … Continue reading

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What are Stem Cells? Stem Cells are biological cells found in all multi-cellular organisms that have the ability to self-renew, multiply, or develop into other type of cells such as skin, hair, blood, heart, bones, muscles, etc. In this account, … Continue reading

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SSS bares Balikat ng Bayan winners, OFW remittance agency enters Hall of Fame

The Social Security System (SSS) has awarded its “Balikat ng Bayan” distinction to twelve winners this year for their exemplary performance as employers, collecting and paying banks, and media partners, while the ”Hall of Fame” citation was granted to a top-performing remittance company for overseas Filipino workers (OFW) after winning in the same category for three straight years.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. said iRemit, Inc., which had won as Best Collecting Partner for OFW Remittances from 2010 to 2012, led the cast of awardees of the 2013 Balikat ng Bayan Awards held during the SSS Anniversary Program at the agency’s corporate headquarters in Quezon City on September 9.
“The celebration of our 56th year would not be complete without recognizing the invaluable role of employers, banks and the media as SSS partners in advancing the social security protection of Filipino workers,” de Quiros said. “The Balikat ng Bayan awardees set the standards of quality service for the benefit of millions of SSS members.”
The Balikat ng Bayan plaques, specially made by Filipino sculptor Dr. Antonino Raymundo, were presented to the winners by de Quiros, Social Security Commission Chairman Juan Santos and SSS Executive Vice President Edgar Solilapsi.
Jollibee Foods Corporation, the country’s largest fast food chain with over 10,000 employees, and Notre Dame of Cotabato Inc., a Marist School supported by the Oblate Fathers in Central Mindanao with about 70 workers, won as top employers in the large and small/medium categories, respectively.
“Jollibee and Notre Dame have shown excellent compliance to their obligations under the Social Security Law. Moreover, they regularly submit accurate company reports to SSS on time, and participate in SSS programs such as general information seminars,” de Quiros noted.
For SSS’ collection partners for members’ contributions and loan payments, the chosen winners were Banco de Oro Unibank, Inc. as Best Commercial Bank, Planters Development Bank as Best Thrift Bank, and One Network Bank, Inc. as Best Rural Bank. The Best Collecting Partner for OFW Remittances Award this year went to Ventaja International Corporation.
“As for the SSS paying banks, which disburse benefits to members and pensioners, the awardees were Land Bank of the Philippines as Best Commercial Bank, First Consolidated Bank as Best Thrift Bank, and Rural Bank of Sagay as Best Rural Bank,” de Quiros disclosed.
Manila Bulletin won as SSS’ Best Media Partner for Print for the second year in a row. Net 25’s public service program “Responde” won in the television category, while Aksyon Solusyon of Radyo Singko 92.3 News FM emerged on top of the radio category. The Best Media Partner categories were introduced in 2011 to recognize media’s role in disseminating SSS updates and developments to members and stakeholders all over the country and overseas.


Cooperatives, partner-institutions receive SSS special awards

The Social Security System (SSS) conferred the first-ever “Miyembro, Bilib Kami Sa’Yo” Special Awards to four cooperatives and five informal sector groups (ISGs) for their pioneering partnerships with SSS that have paved the way for social protection and active SSS … Continue reading

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SSS 56th anniversary exhibit highlights heroism of Andres Bonifacio and Filipino workers

The Social Security System (SSS) is holding a special exhibit titled “Pagpupugay Kay Gat Andres, Bayani ng Manggagawang Pilipino, at sa mga Makabagong Bayani ng Bayan: Bilib Kami Sa’Yo!” The exhibit, which is in line with the 56th anniversary celebration of SSS on September 1, 2013, highlights the heroism of the Filipino worker, as exemplified by national hero Andres Bonifacio.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. along with representatives of government and private insitutions graced the exhibit’s launch on August 30.

“Prior to his rise as one of the pillars of the Philippine revolution, Gat Andres Bonifacio was already a hero at a young age to his siblings when he took on the responsibilities of being a family breadwinner following the death of his parents,” SSS Vice President for Public Affairs and Special Events Division Marissu Bugante said. “Through this exhibit, we likewise recognize the heroism of modern-day ‘Bonifacios’, the SSS members, whose hard work and dedication help bring their families, and even the entire nation, towards a brighter and more secure future.”

The 56th SSS anniversary exhibit will run until November 30 — the date of Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary — all the way to December 27, the last working day of 2013. The first half of the exhibit puts the spotlight on Bonifacio’s early years, his role in the Philippine revolt against the Spanish colonial rule, and his final days.

Bugante said the second half of the exhibit showcases SSS’ campaign in bringing social security protection to more workers, especially to informal sector workers. At the forefront of this campaign is the “AlkanSSSya,” a microsavings program that enables members of participating informal sector groups (ISGs) to save regularly for monthly SSS contributions using a secure, cabinet-like facility.

“The months leading up to our 56th year of service were characterized by numerous partnerships forged between SSS and ISGs, as shown in our anniversary exhibit,” she noted. “One of the major highlights is the fast growth in AlkanSSSya membership, which rose to about 300 covered ISGs at present, from only 55 participating ISGs at the start of 2013.”

Bugante added that the exhibit also shows new SSS milestones such as the first-ever SSS subsidy agreement that provides social security protection to nearly 200 farmers in Central Luzon, and the accreditation of workers’ associations as SSS servicing partner agents to improve access of self-employed and informal sector workers to SSS services.

Created as the state-run pension fund for the private sector, the SSS started operations on September 1, 1957 after amendments to the landmark “Social Security Act of 1954” took effect and paved the way for the SSS Charter’s implementation. While the SSS initially focused on regular employees, the types of covered workers expanded over the decades to include household helpers, overseas Filipino workers, self-employed professionals, farmers, fisherfolk and informal sector workers

SSS members, pensioners and the general public are invited to visit the SSS Gallery located at the 2nd floor of the SSS Building in Quezon City. The SSS Gallery is open from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays, excluding holidays. Admission is free.


SSS offers relief package for calamity-stricken members

The Social Security System (SSS) unveiled a calamity relief package consisting of early renewal of salary loans and easier house repair loan terms as well as the advanced release of pensions for members affected by heavy rains and widespread floods … Continue reading

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SSS six-month collections reach P5.32-B in Southern Luzon

PUERTO PRINCESA CITY — Contribution collections from Social Security System (SSS) members here in the province of Palawan and from the rest of Southern Luzon totaled P5.32 billion from January to June 2013, up by eight percent from the P4.91 … Continue reading

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SSS, UnionBank tie up for new UMID card service

SSS, UnionBank tie up for new UMID card service

The Social Security System (SSS) and Union Bank of the Philippines (UnionBank) teamed up under a new project that will give SSS members the option to use their SSS-issued Unified Multipurpose Identification System (UMID) cards as an ATM card for withdrawing their SSS loans and benefits. SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. (center) and UnionBank President and Chief Operating Officer Victor Valdepeñas (2nd from left) signed the memorandum of agreement for the “SSS UMID Card ATM Project” during ceremonies held at the SSS Corporate Headquarters in Diliman, Quezon City on July 30. Photo also shows (from left) UnionBank First Vice President Ma. Josefina Jalandoni, SSS Special Assistant to the PCEO Ma. Lourdes Mendoza and SSS Vice President Gamelin Oczon. Members can start to enroll their UMID cards at any designated UnionBank branch before the end of 2013.

Six firms join pre-bid for SSS property in BGC

Six holding and real-estate consultancy firms expressed interest in participating in the sale through a public bidding of the 8,300 sq. meter Fort Bonifacio Global City (BGC) property of the Social Security System (SSS).

SSS Senior Vice President Jose B. Bautista, chairman of the SSS Acquired Assets Disposal Committee disclosed that the six companies that joined the pre-bidding conference included Ayala Land Inc. KeyLand Corporation,. Robinsons Land, Santiago and Santiago Law Office, Jones Lang LaSalle, and Clark Quay Holdings Inc.

The SSS has opened the public bidding to both local and foreign investors to unlock the best value for Block 56, the SSS-owned property in BGC that consists of four lots. It is located along McKinley Parkway between 10thand 11th avenues near SM Aura.

We want to be as transparent as possible in the sale of this property and at the same time get the best value for it,” Bautista said. “Thus, we are glad that several parties have expressed interest to ensure a competitive bidding,” he added.

According to Bautista, the discussion during the pre-bid conference went into taxes and technical restrictions of the sale. “We will soon be issuing a bid bulletin answering these concerns to those who purchased the terms of reference or TOR,” Bautista said.

Interested bidders can get the TOR, which outlines the requirements to apply for eligibility and participate in the public bidding until August 15, 2013.

So far we have a good turnout of eager bidders and we are expecting more companies to signify their intention to bid for the lots before beginning the evaluation of bids received,” Bautista said

Bidders have until August 15, 2013 to complete their eligibility documents. The submission and opening of cash bids are set on September 4, 2013.

In a press briefing last July 1, SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. de Quiros Jr. said the sale, which has a minimum bid price of P269,894 or a total price of P2.24 billion would translate to a gain of 163 percent or more than twice the property’s dacion value. The SSS acquired the property through a dacion en pago agreement with the Bonifacio Land Corp., as the latter’s payment for its P1.5 billion debt.

– SSS Media Affairs Department