SSS considers offering pension loan program

By Amor Saludar

The Social Security System (SSS) considered offering a pension loan program for senior citizen.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said that the SSS is cognizant of the plight of its pensioners and in response to their clamor for the urgently needed support; the Social Security Commission is considering offering a pension loan program.

“We acknowledge the need of our pensioners for financial assistance to help defray daily expenses. Being a senior citizen myself, I also have needs for my medicines, vitamins and other expenses for my daily needs,” Dooc said.

Recently Federation of Senior Citizens Association of the Philippines (FeSCAP) President Jorge Banal Sr. on Thursday urged the Social Security System (SSS) to heed the clamor of pensioners for a pension loan.

“We urge SSS to provide pension loans to help us in our present financial needs. I know how much SSS loves us, so we hope that they will soon give these loans for our pensioners,” Banal stressed during the Pensioners’ Day held at the SSS Main Office in Quezon City.

Banal added that the SSS pension loan would put a stop to the growing incidence of pensioners falling victims to loan sharks.

“There are hard-up pensioners who borrowed money even at a high interest rate from these loan sharks and they are asked to surrender their ATM cards with their monthly pension in it to ensure payment,” he said.

It is in this matter that SSS recognizes the need to safeguard pensioners from loan sharks who take advantage of them in the guise of being good Samaritans that they can count on during financial distress.

“We want to thank Mr. Banal and FeSCAP for being our partner in continuously bridging our relationship with our pensioners. We assure them that SSS loves them and we will always look after their welfare,” Dooc noted.

The SSS Pensioners’ Day was held in cooperation with FeSCAP. It was attended by more than 300 SSS pensioners coming from Metro Manila.

To date, SSS has 2.3 million pensioners.

 

 

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INFOGRAPHIC: Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

By PIA Negros Oriental

 

March is Fire Prevention Month. This year, the theme of this annual monthly observance highlights the importance of educating the people on the causes of fire and how they can prevent it.

This year, the theme “Ligtas na Pilipinas, ating hangad, Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sarili Ipatupad” underscores the current administration’s goal to provide a safe and secure community for Filipinos to live in. Moreover, with this theme, the government is stressing the importance of community disaster preparedness.

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In this light , here are some fire prevention tips to keep your homes and offices safe.

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On the other hand, here are some emergency tips to follow in case a fire incident occurs.

 

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As the entire nation celebrates Fire Prevention Month, we at PIA, invite the public to join in this advocacy and practice fire safety to help keep a secure community for everyone.

 

 

 

 

PIA conducts 2nd Ugnayan Forum in NegOr

By PIA-Negros Oriental

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The second Ugnayan forum in Negros Oriental was attended by members of the farmer-fisherfolks’ association, women’s groups, barangay captains and other local officials in Sibulan town. Photo Shows Mayor Jose Abiera giving his speech. (PIA7-NegOr)

 

Philippine Information Agency (PIA) – 7 holds an Ugnayan: A Dialogue for Progress Multi-Sectoral Forum in Negros Oriental for the second time.

The Ugnayan Forum was held on June 29, 2017 at Municipal Multi-Purpose Hall in Sibulan town attended by members of farmers and fisherfolks’ association, women’s group, barangay captains, members of the Sangguniang Bayan and other local officials of Sibulan.

Unlike in the first Ugnayan Forum that was held last April at Silliman University which featured lectures about ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), Freedom of Information (FOI) and NEDA’s Ambisyon Natin 2040, this time, the discussions were focused on livelihood programs for the aforementioned sectors and disaster preparedness in the barangays.

 

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The panel of resource speakers and guests for the Ugnayan Forum

 

The panel of speakers who delivered lectures on government’s livelihood programs are Department of Agriculture (DA) Provincial Coordinator for its Special Area for Agricultural Development (SAAD) Program in Negros Oriental Rico Sienes, DA  Program for Unified Lending to Agriculture (PUNLA) Provincial Coordinator for Negros Oriental and Siquijor Maria Korraine Tobias and Department of Social Welfare and Development – Negros Island Region (DSWD-NIR) Assistant Program Coordinator for Sustainable Livelihood Program (SLP) Glenuel Joyce Nuñez and Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Executive Officer Adrian Sedillo.

 

 

The programs presented during the forum are DA’s Special Area for Agricultural Development Program and the Program for Unified Lending for Agriculture, DSWD’s Sustainable Livelihood Program.

 

Also giving their messages during the event were PIA-7 OIC-Regional Director Fayette Riñen, Assistant Provincial Administrator Atty. Froilan Pinili, Sibulan Mayor Jose Abiera and Sibulan Vice-Mayor Marcela Bartoces.

 

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PIA-Negros Infocen Manager gives a message

 

 

PIA-Negros Oriental Information Manager Jenny Tilos gave the closing message for the event. She thanked the guests for sharing their programs to the participants of the forum she also expressed her gratitude to the  participants for coming to the event.

 

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We will be sharing stories of the event in our future posts to stay tuned!