THE state-run Social Security System (SSS) will donate 50 percent or P5.9 million of its 60th anniversary budget to the victims of Marawi siege, and earthquake-stricken Ormoc in Leyte.
Social Security Commission (SSC) Chairman Amado D. Valdez said that the Commission’s unanimous decision to realign half of the anniversary budget for financial aid was confirmed via SSC Resolution No. 578. Budget earmarked for the milestone celebration was P11.8 million.
“We are going to celebrate our milestone year next month but the Commission has decided to make it simple. Although it is not going to be grand and festive as compared to the previous years, rest assured that it will be more meaningful in the spirit of giving with more service and benefits to its members,” Valdez said.
The SSS 60th Anniversary Celebration will be held simultaneously in 301 local and foreign offices. Month-long activities include Members’ Day, Balikat ng Bayan Awards, Photo Exhibit, Best Employees’ Program, Fun Run, and Blood Donation Drive.
SSC Commissioner Arthur L. Amansec said that the SSC’s action is a response to President Rodrigo R. Duterte’s statement during his last State of the Nation Address (SONA) where he called for financial assistance to Marawi victims.
“We thought that the grand festivities would be misinterpreted by the public as insensitive and a total disregard for the sufferings of our brothers and sisters in Marawi and Ormoc City, particularly those who lost their loved ones or have been displaced. We mourn for the families of our fallen soldiers who fought for our nation’s peace until the very end,” Amansec said.
Amansec also added that the SSS has remained steadfast in showing genuine care to our fellow Filipinos by organizing Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) operations in areas affected by typhoon and other disasters.
“We also have this annual gift-giving activity held every Christmas season wherein SSS officials and employees pledge donations which are given to non-profit organizations,” Amansec said.
Last June, SSS donated P500,000 worth of financial aid to the soldiers and families affected by the armed conflict in Marawi through the Philippine Red Cross.