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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

BFAR job orders avail of e-AlkanSSSya

By Dominic I. Sanchez

ZAMBOANGA CITY – As the partnership between the Social Security System (SSS) and the Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources (BFAR) here has been forged, 179 job order workers of the latter are now SSS members and qualified to avail themselves of the social protection and social security benefits.

The SSS introduced the e-AlkanSSSya program, which will enable BFAR to deduct a portion of the job order workers’ salaries monthly for this purpose.

“This is a very significant development,” said BFAR interim administration and finance chief Abubakar Abdula. “We want to give social protection to our workers especially during times of contingencies.”

SSS Western Mindanao Assistant Vice President Atty. Rodrigo Filoteo said “for a little savings, you get a lot of benefits,” citing that enrollment in the program is still completely voluntary.

According to Atty. Filoteo, the SSS had already entered into partnerships with other agencies of government like the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Zamboanga City Water District (ZCWD), the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH), Western Mindanao State University (WMSU), which have several job order and casual workers.

In addition to government agencies, SSS has been campaigning for the private sector employees who are not yet members to avail of the AlkanSSSya program. Atty. Filoteo said that the minimal contribution of P330 per month is very reasonable with the wide array of social security benefits they can avail of.

The SSS has also been campaigning the program to tricycle drivers’ associations, and even penetrated inmates of the San Ramon Penal Farm. “In the event that they finally serve their sentence and they get out, they can already avail of the SSS benefits,” Atty. Filoteo said.

Atty. Filoteo invited those who are not yet members to already enroll. “This is for your future,” he added. (with reports from Shiela May Aquino)