Saturday, 04 March 2017 12:08
State-run Social Security System (SSS) on (please indicate date) has inked an agreement with the Civilian Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) of the 4th Special Forces Battalion (Riverine) in Basilan to allow the members of the military to enjoy social benefits offered by the pension fund.
A memorandum of agreement was signed by the two parties following the launch of the KaltaSSS-Collect Program in the area.
More than 300 uniformed personnel, mostly CAFGU team leaders, attended and witnessed the ceremony held at the battalion’s Headquarters in Brgy. Cabunbata, Isabela City.
Formerly called the e-AlkanSSSya Program, the KaltaSSS-Collect Program enables the part-time soldiers to save up thru automatic salary deduction of P330 which represents their monthly SSS contributions.
As part of the agreement, the Riverine will handle the deduction of their contributions and its remittance to the SSS.
Riverine Commanding Officer Col. Andrew B. Bacala, Jr. said that the program is one of the ways to show part-time soldiers that the government appreciates and acknowledges their efforts and sacrifices, and that it did not forget their services and help when needed most.
Col. Bacala, in pushing for the welfare of the Basilan CAFGUs, further expressed that had it not been because of these soldiers, the Riverine would not possibly even exists.
“We are doing this not for our own good but for your own benefit. This initiative is for the long run so that you will enjoy social protection when the time comes,” Col. Bacala said in his special message to the CAFGU members.
It was earlier noted that Col. Bacala promptly suggested to formalize the agreement through a MOA signing after SSS visited the camp and offered its services for the benefit of the CAFGU soldiers.
More than 2,000 CAFGU members in Basilan Province are still expected to be covered by the program. Their respective team leaders shall secure their documentary requirements and facilitate for the timely registration in coordination with SSS personnel.
SSS Basilan Branch Head Ma. Salvacion F. Alam in her closing remarks, emphasized the importance of the program and underscored the benefits readily-available for the soldiers who are most vulnerable to contingencies such as sickness, disability, and death.
“We are reminded to be true to our mandate of universal coverage that social security protection shall be provided to all. Allow us to return the favor to you through this KaltaSSS-Collect Program,” Alam said. (SSS)
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