AlkanSSSya' program to benefit informal sectorMonday, September 17, 2012 08:51 AM Views : 373Amorganda A. Saludar
The Social Security System (SSS) extended their services to cover the informal sector such as public drivers of jeepneys, trisikads (tricycle), and habal-habal (motorcycle) as well as market vendors in their micro-savings program dubbed "AlkanSSSya."
Workers in the informal sector are encouraged to register in the program and be active SSS members so they could enjoy the benefits provided by the SSS.
AlkanSSSya is a micro-savings program that offers convenient remittance of contributions and guarantees members access to affordable social protection.
At present, the program already catered to 34 participating organizations representing 18,600 workers in the National Capital Region and Luzon.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros clarified that the responding organizations are comprised of tricycle drivers and operators association as these are the target sectors of the program along with transport operators, workers in the direct selling industry and market vendors.
The AlkanSSSya program of the SSS requires a 1.5 tall metal safety boxes with secure mini-compartments placed in accessible locations where savings of the members are stored. By the end of the month, this will be accounted and picked up by an SSS collecting personnel.
One AlkanSSSya unit is assigned to every member who can drop any amount they are capable of daily until they can completely acquire the required monthly contribution.
Members are mandated to save at least P312 every month for them to be able to meet the salary credit of P3,000 monthly.
"We specifically designed the AlkanSSSya program to fit their way of life and to make saving for monthly SSS premium as affordable as only as P10 a day," de Quiros said.
"Providing social security protection to those in the informal sector is important to SSS. We have designated lanes in SSS branches for AlkanSSSya participants and coordinate with their officers to address their concerns regarding SSS coverage and benefits," he concluded.