TAGUM CITY, Davao Del Norte — The Social Security System (SSS) inaugurated the new office of the relocated SSS Tagum Branch on April 5 to better serve more than 103,000 members and over 9,000 employers based within and near the city.
SSS Senior Vice President for Mindanao Operations Group Eddie A. Jara said that the SSS Tagum Branch is now located at Gaisano Grand Mall along Apokon Road. Within its vicinity is the Tagum City Hall and commercial establishments such as the Banco de Oro and Metrobank branches.
“With its new site, SSS Tagum is now bigger and more comfortable. Transacting clients using public transportation also have little trouble traveling to SSS because of the Tagum branch’s accessible and convenient location,” Jara said.
SSS Tagum provides social security services to two provinces in Mindanao, namely Davao del Norte and Compostela Valley. It serves Tagum City and the municipalities of Asuncion, Kapalong, Talaingod, San Isidro, New Corella, Maco, Mabini, Pantukan, Mawab, Nabunturan, Montevista, Compostela, New Bataan, Monkayo, Maragusan and Laak.
As a full-service branch, SSS Tagum offers transactions such as issuance of Social Security numbers for members, Employer ID numbers and Certificates of Registration for employers; data capture services under the Unified Multipurpose Identification System; receipt and processing of applications for salary loans, educational loans and funeral grants; and receipt of benefit applications for sickness, maternity, disability, retirement and death.
SSS Tagum supervises the operations of the SSS Service Office located at the NCCC Mall and the smaller-scale SSS Representative Office in Maragusan. These SSS offices also cater to the needs of members and employers in the area, many of which are small and medium enterprises as well as those engaged in agriculture, banking, trading and general merchandise.
“SSS Tagum handles an average of 2,400 transactions and 1,800 walk-in claimants on a daily basis, while SSS Service Office at NCCC Mall in Tagum receives over 600 transactions and about 260 claimants per day,” Jara noted.
The lessor of the new SSS Tagum Branch shouldered the renovation expenses that included the lighting, electrical and connection outlets, airconditioning and structured cabling, which are all based on SSS requirements and office standards.
The SSS Tagum Branch inauguration and blessing was part of the SSS Regional Visit in Southern Mindanao headed by President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. de Quiros, Jr. from April 4 to 6. The regional visit, with senior SSS officials among the participants, included activities such as the SSS Stakeholders Forum for employer and labor representatives and the “Kapihan sa SSS” for the local media.
Jara explained that as the number of members and employers served by SSS continue to grow, the state-run institution remains on the lookout for new locations to upgrade its existing offices and provide additional venues for members and employers to transact with SSS.
“This is why as part of the SSS Regional Visit in Tagum, Davao and Toril, the SSS contingent also visited the prospective locations for the Tibungco and Calinan Service Offices in Davao City for the benefit of members and employers in Southern Mindanao,” he said.
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