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SSS holds first regional “Sulit” conference in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY, May 29 (PIA) -- The Social Security System (SSS), in its effort to increase awareness on SSS programs and inform SSS members on what benefits they may avail for the monthly contribution they are paying, rolled out the regional Sulit Conference, “Kontribusyon, SulitnaSulit”  and launched the SSS Sulit Campaign at Hotel Supreme Convention Plaza here, Monday.


The first of a series of regional conferences that SSS is undertaking in partnership with PIA, it was attended by over 400  participants  that include representatives of Overseas Filipino Worker Family Circles/associations, local government units, employers and employees; and the self – employed (informal) sector with representatives from farmers group, public transportation associations, local cooperatives and persons with disabilities (PWDS), among others.

Senior Vice President May Catherine Ciriaco, in her keynote message, outlined that aside from increasing awareness on SSS programs and the benefits that they offer to their members, the forum is also a good venue to hear the concerns of  members that need to be addressed.

Ciriaco stressed that through the conference, they hope that more members would learn how extensive the current SSS programs are from  the short term benefits that provide financial assistance in times of sickness, childbirth, death/funeral, to the long term benefit such as the pension program that may  extend to their spouses and legal beneficiaries.

“This is the concept of Sulit that we want to emphasize to our members;  that every peso that you contribute to SSS is made Sulit over a tenfold-worth of benefits that they will get in return. We want to emphasize that your trust and confidence in SSS and its financial stability and long term viability are made Sulit by our sustained commitment in delivering your due benefits whenever you need them,” she said.

Baguio – Benguet Federation of OFWs, Returnees and Dependents (BBFORD) President Myrna Garcia lauded  the SSS – PIA information advocacy saying it is  very important for Filipino migrant workers and their families to learn more on the importance of being an SSS member and the programs and benefits that come with it.

Lubuagan, Kalinga Mayor Johnny Dickpus said he attended the forum to learn more about the SSS programs and how it can help the people in their municipality. Many are not aware about SSS in his area thus his request for information dissemination in far flung areas. He is looking forward to help the 72 job order workers under the municipal government become SSS members.

Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School Administrator and president Dona Digna Rosario also outlined the importance of such information advocacy, as many people working in the private sector still have little idea on what SSS can offer them.

Rosario, who is also chief executive of a school for blind persons in Baguio, affirmed the importance of bringing such information advocacy to PWDs  and Person with Special needs who are also part of the country’s (informal) labor sector.

Mayor Maurico Domogan, a SSS pensioner himself, enjoined the participants not to be remiss in their SSS obligations as employers or members  because in the long run, whatever contributions they  pay  will benefit them. He also advised  the members  to reflect and do away with bad vices/behaviour and  pay their SSS contributions religiously   because this is for their  own protection and that of their families.

During the forum, Ciriaco  launched the SSS Sulit Campaign  through the television commercials  on  the  SSS benefits – Sulit-Sickness Benefit, Sulit-Maternity  Benefit, Sulit-Disability Benefit,  Sulit-Death/Funeral Benefit,  and  Sulit-Retirement Benefit. Carlito C. Dar (ALT/CCD/PIA CAR)


Baguio Tourist Attractions

Marker of the Philippine Commission's First Session in Baguio

This is the site of the building where the members of the Philippine Commission met from April 22 to June 11, 1904 and officially initiated the use of Baguio as the Philippine Summer Capital. The Commission was composed of Governor General Luke Wright, president, and Commissioners Henry Ide, Dean C. Worcester, T Padre Tavera, Benito Legarda, Jose de Luzuriaga, James Smith and Cameron Forbes.

Kennon Road and its Builder

Tourist-Spots-in-BaguioNamed after Col. Lyman W. Kennon, who was the final builder of the famous Benguet road, with the help of the industrious Cordillerans and foreign workers. Kennon road is the shortest and the most scenic highway linking Baguio and the lowlands. The lion's head can be found along the way. Final construction of this road was finished in 1903. Col. L. Kennon first ascended to Baguio in 1905. Of the original workers, the Igorots and Japanese were admired for their trustworthiness and willingness to work. Kennon was closed to traffic after the July 16, 1990 earthquake. It is now open to light vehicles only.

Diplomat Hotel on Dominican Hill

diplomatIn May 1911, the councils of the Province of the Dominican Order voted to construct a vacation house in Baguio on a 17-hectare property they had acquired when the American authorities were encouraging people to come here. Actual work started in 1913 under Fr. Roque Ruano and the building was inaugurated on May 23, 1925. To take advantage of the tax exemptions a school called Collegio del Santissimo Rosario was opened in June 1915 but due to the very small enrollment the school closed in 1917, reverting the building to the original vacation house. During WWII refugees first occupied it. Later the Japanese Army Liberation Forces had to bomb out the refugees from the buildings. The five hits left very extensive damage and for a time it was left unrepaired. Reconstruction was started in 1947 and completed in 1948 with most of its pre-war grandeur and beauty restored. In 1973, Diplomat Hotels, Inc. acquired ownership, remodeled the interior into a 33-bedroom hotel with modern facilities, but retained the unique and distinct personality of the Dominican Hill. In the 80's the hotel ceased operations due to the death of one of its majority stockholders. Plans are underway to develop this historical religious landmark into a tourist resort.

Philippine Military Academy

PMAThe Philippine Commission promulgated Act No. 175, which became the basis for the creation of the Philippine Constabulary in August 8, 1905. The school for the officers of the constabulary was first located in Sta. Lucia Barracks in Manila. Later in 1908, it was relocated in Baguio on the site known as Constabulary Hill later renamed Camp Henry T. Allen, in honor of the first chief of the Philippine Constabulary. With the passage of the Jones Law, the school was later changed to "Academy for Officers of the Philippine Constabulary" with a two-year curriculum. In 1908, the course was raised to collegiate level and later lengthened to three years with class 1938 as having the last graduates of that course. When the commonwealth government was established in 1935, the Philippine Military Academy was created in place of the Philippine Constabulary Academy. Under the National Defense Act, the PMA was authorized to maintain cadet strength of 350. Because of increased population, the academy transferred to Teachers Camp in June 1936 where it remained until WWII broke out. After the war the PMA headquarters was temporarily relocated at Camp Murphy and later at Alabang, while Camp Allen was being rehabilitated. Since May 1950 the Philippine Military Academy has found its permanent home at Fort del Pilar, Loakan, Baguio City.

The Mansion

The-Mansion-Baguio-CityThis imposing and majestic mansion has a long list of Filipino Presidents and American governor-generals. It has elegantly structured building and guesthouse. Its gate is patterned after that of London's Buckingham Palace. The Mansion has also been the site of several international conferences and a working office of the President of the Philippines during his visits to the City.

Camp John Hay

camp-john-hay-amphitheaterThis former American recreational facility is currently undergoing development as a world class resort. As of March 27, 1999, the golf course was completed and is now open, The skating rink, picnic area, and the mini golf course at the Scout Hill area are likewise open.

Asin Hot Spring

Located 16 kilometers northwest of Baguio, the resort's main feature is a swimming pool surrounded by thermal springs, lush vegetation and several hanging bridges. It is an ideal respite. This is now eyed to be redeveloped into a tourism resort along with the adjoining tourist attractions of Tuba and Baguio.

Bell Church

The-Bell-Church-of-Baguio-CityThis cluster of temples is located on the border of Baguio City and Trinidad Valley. Its exotic oriental architecture, pagodas roof, ornate gateway, dragon ornaments and Buddha - guarded windows gaze from atop a hill. The Bell Temple priest practices a mixture of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism, and Christianity. One may even try having his fortune told.

Burnham Park

Burnham-Park-BaguioIt is the oldest of all Baguio parks. One can unwind from the tension of the day-to-day bustle by biking, skating or simply reflecting on the day's experiences amid a soothing garden backdrop of colorful flowers. It is thickly wooded and is a great place to have picnics and concerts. There are tennis and basketball courts, a football field, athletic oval and an orchidarium.

Mines View Park

Mines-View-Park-Baguio-CityAppropriately named for its breathtaking view of Benguet's mountain ranges where gold, silver and other ores were once quarried. There are souvenir shops around the park offering such items as woodcarvings, woven cloth, ashtrays, shell products and other curio items.

Wright Park

It is sometimes mistakenly called "Ride Park" by some that identify this pine tree park reserve for kiddy horse rides. A long stairway leads to the "Pool of the Pines", a 100 meter long pool of water lined on both sides by the famous Baguio towering pine.