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)