July 19, 2024

BANGUED, Abra – The Social Security System said 50 persons deprived of liberty (PDLs) will now have social security coverage from the SSS after the SSS Bangued branch and the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology sealed an agreement for the AlkanSSSya Program.

SSS Vice President for Luzon North 1 Division Ceasar Saludo and BJMP Acting District Jail Warden Junior Inspector Franz Marc Ganitano led the signing of the memorandum of agreement for implementing the program in Bucay District Jail on June 11.

Saludo said the agreement is part of the SSS’ commitment to extend social security coverage to all Filipinos, especially those who belong to vulnerable groups like the PDLs.

Under the AlkanSSSya Program, Saludo said PDLs will be registered as self-employed members and designated BJMP personnel will collect and remit the PDLs’ monthly contributions to SSS Bangued.

“PDLs can set aside P19 per day or a portion of their monthly earnings from handicrafts-making and poultry-raising to save up for their P570 monthly social security and Employees’ Compensation contributions. They can also increase their monthly contributions, depending on their income source,” Saludo said.

He said regular contribution remittance will qualify them for SSS benefits such as sickness, maternity for female PDLs, disability, retirement, death and funeral, as well as loan privileges like salary and calamity.

In addition to the regular SS benefits, PDLs are also eligible to receive EC benefits in case of work-connected sickness, injury, or death, Saludo said.

“While incarcerated, these people still deserve to have social security protection. Hence, SSS extended social security coverage to them through the AlkanSSSya Program, which is part of our mandate to secure the welfare of all Filipino workers in times of contingencies,” Saludo said.

Aside from PDLs, SSS members from public utility vehicle operators and drivers associations, market vendor associations, cooperatives, and other informal sector groups may join the SSS AlkanSSSya program. – Press release