The Social Security System (SSS) Davao Branch and the Department of Agriculture (DA) Region XI signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the coverage of 316 job order and piece workers under the KaltaSSS-Collect or e-AlkanSSSya Program during ceremonies held at the DA office square on June 20.
The workers, who fall outside the mandatory coverage of the Government Service Insurance System, can now remit contributions as self-employed or voluntary members under the SSS-DA agreement. Prior to the MOA signing, DA Regional Director Engineer Remelyn R. Recoter and SSS Vice President for Southern Mindanao 1 Emmanuel R. Palma delivered inspirational messages for the participants. Both heads emphasized the importance of SSS coverage to receive social protection during times of contingencies like sickness, maternity, disability, retirement and death, including privileges like salary loan and securing of Unified Multipurpose Identification System (UMID) cards.
VP Palma stated that being new SSS members marks the beginning of renewed hope and a better life for the DA contractual personnel. Meanwhile, Director Recoter said that the SSS launch is one of the remaining activities of the department before the start of the new administration under President-elect Rodrigo R. Duterte. She also expressed optimism that that more sub-agencies will enroll under the program in the future. SSS Davao is presently serving over 41,000 employers and about 160,000 members.
Main photo shows (front row, from left) SSS Davao Account Officer Eileen M. Dela Cruz and Accounts Monitoring Section Head Dedina M. Tombo, SSS Senior Vice President for Mindanao Operations Group Eddie A. Jara, Palma, Recoter, and DA Region IX Administrative and Finance Officer Milagros B. Buccat do the thumbs-up pose with other SSS and DA employees. Inset shows (seated) Palma (center) and Recoter (right) during the MOA signing.
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