Pantawid families given access to social insurance

By Danilo E. Doguiles

KORONADAL CITY – Beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program in Soccsksargen Region have recently been provided access social insurance via a collaboration between the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) 12 and the Social Security System (SSS)

Brendo Belmonte, accounts management section head of SSS Koronadal Branch recently briefed over a thousand 4Ps beneficiaries here and about 250 from nearby Banga town on SSS membership, benefits, privileges and monthly contributions.

“By their membership to SSS, families are ensured of their future needs through provision of financial support and assistance in cases when poor families are in dire need of help,” Belmonte said.

“Our agency is currently helping poor families understand the need to invest in social insurance given their socio-economic condition,” he pointed out. Teresita Guilan, South Cotabato provincial link of DSWD 12 said the partnership of DSWD with SSS is very significant especially in the implementation of the 4Ps.

“Part of our advocacy is encouraging families to be given access to social insurance for them to be economically able and sufficient and prepare them to feel secured in times when they need help financially,” Guilan said.

“Most of those who attended here are parent leaders only which comprise a minimal number of the total Pantawid households in Banga. This is why we provided additional membership forms to be filled out by those who were not able to attend the SSS program orientation activity,” Guilan explained.

“Our goal is to recruit as many families to invest in SSS because we believe that poor families can get aid in times of extreme help during maternity, illness, disability, retirement, death and funeral,” she said.

When a family becomes officially part of SSS, it is obliged pay P312.00 monthly premium.

According to Belmonte, one of the privileges is the provision of educational loan assistance which families may need soon.

“A total of P20, 000 loan assistance for a four-year course will be provided to them whenever they become eligible for that type of loan. However, a P10, 000 loan assistance may be availed when a student is taking a vocational course,” Belmonte said. (DEDoguiles-PIA 12 with Dennis Domingo II-DSWD12/asf)

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