SSS donates 50% of
anniversary budget to Marawi, Ormoc victims
BUTUAN CITY - 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
“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
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