VIGAN CITY, Jan 18 (PIA) – The Social Security System has devised a way to make it easy for market vendors here to pay their monthly dues regularly.
Through the “AlkanSSSya” program, market vendors can now conveniently drop P10 daily in a giant piggy bank, which has 160 compartments or coin boxes, installed at the first floor of the Vigan City Public Market here. Their contributions will be counted and collected at the end of every month.
“The project is a mechanism for easier saving of a small amount by the informal sectors for their future,”
SSS President Emilio S. De Quiros, Jr. said.
De Quiros attended the launching of the program, together with city officials, market vendors and local SSS officials.
The AlkanSSSya aims to provide social protection to informal sector workers such as market vendors, tricycle drivers, pedicab drivers, boatmen and independent farmers, De Quiros said.
At least 75 market vendors formed the initial batch of Vigan City’s AlkanSSSya participants. Each member will deposit a total of P312 minimum monthly SSS contribution.
According to Vigan City’s SSS Branch Manager Jane Canillas, the participating association shall enroll with the program and receive its assigned membership number.
“Affidavit of self-employment shall be required for the issuance of SSS numbers to individual participants who have never been issued with any SSS number before,” she said.
She added that all contributions are properly documented and transparent.
SSS benefits include monthly pension (upon completion of prescribe period on payment of its premiums), and sickness, maternity and loan privileges. (ANL/FGL-PIA 1 Ilocos Sur)