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SSS to ordinary Filipinos


(BY: REV. BERLIE G. YAP) A husband passed away, leaving his wife with three children. The eldest was yet in college while the second and the third were grades 9 and 7. The wife is only a simple housekeeper, but she runs a little sari-sari store just in the vicinity of their residence. She said that the proceeds of the said sari-sari, somehow, helped augment the children’s daily allowances.

Then that one fateful day came when her husband, worked as a mechanic to an auto shop, felt dizzy and chest pains. He collapsed and was brought to the nearest hospital—a private. He stayed for three days in the hospital’s ICU, but eventually succumbed to a brain aneurism. On that day, the world of the family tumbled down. That moment, everything for them seemed to be a doom.

The wife didn’t know what to do because the situation caught the family unaware. In those weak moments the Social Security System (SSS) became their help and refuge. The family availed all the necessary contingencies, until her husband was laid to the grave. Life then wasn’t that easy, as she and her children adjusted to the transition.

Things could have been worse if the deceased didn’t have the SSS membership. His auto shop company must have thought also the future of his family through its faithful SSS contributions/payments to his account. And sure, such preparation kept his family in their hour of needs. The security was indeed a wise investment.

Barangay eMedia sees this relevance, thus, as the company geared-up to more effectiveness to touch the Zamboangueño people—locally and globally, it thought to partner SSS in reaching out the latter via a weekly programming using its five platforms of multi-media—the three TV channels, FM radio, and online.

Twice in a month, the SSS conducts a regular programming in Barangay eMedia, on a 2nd and 3rd Saturdays of the month, at 4-5 o’clock in the afternoon. The friendly and good looking duo-hosts Nap and El-el are the usual tele-announcers in the said program, and of course with the rest.

Daily, a pilot program of Barangay eMedia’s president and CEO, Rey Bayona Bayoging—”Servicio Todo-Todo”, changes hosts during Wednesdays with again the duo Nap and El-el. On their schedules, they speak and bring about important issues with a taint on the SSS programs.

Republic Act No. 8282, or commonly known as the Social Security System of 1997, is one of the social justice laws in the country, guaranteeing the social security aspect of the private employment sector in the Philippines.

The population growth in the country is staggering. Despite of the economic opportunities we are now experiencing, the poverty rate of the Philippines is still high. Thus, our legislators continue to enact laws, like the RA 8282, to help the ordinary Filipinos.

The SSS reaches more to potential unregistered Filipinos to become members of the security. One of the agency’s convenient offers to everyone is it welcomes anybody to become a member, even those who are unemployed and those who are in the government offices.

The GSIS is the counterpart of the former­, as also the social security to government employees. The difference though, the GSIS can only entertain one to be a member when he is a government employee, whereas, the SSS welcomes everyone. So, a public officer, when he retires can have two benefits, at his option, at the same time—the GSIS and the SSS.

Due to the constraints of life today, every Filipino must plan for the future, not just for himself, but more of all, for his family. Like in the case of the auto shop mechanic, because he prudently readied, his worst didn’t dampen the future of his family who up to now continues to receive his death benefits and his minor children his pensions.

SSS ain’t, after all, that expensive! However, its return secures one’s family to any unpredictable future. Everyone spends cellphone loads nowadays at least P20 daily. You translate them to a monthly total then it will have a sum of P600. If that same convenience is rather used for an SSS contribution, the results are perpetual.

“Great is the Lord and greatly to be praised in the city of our God! His holy mountain, beautiful in elevation, is the joy of all the earth, Mount Zion, in the far north, the city of the great King.” (Ps. 48:1-2, ESV)

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