The Philippine Social Security Association (PHILSSA) will induct its new set of officers tonight at the Bayanihan Center in Pasig City.
Dr. Rey B. Aquino, President and CEO of the Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) was elected Chairman, while Emilio S. De Quiros Jr., President and CEO of the Social Security System (SSS) and Evelyn F. Tablang, Executive Director of the Employees Compensation Commission (ECC) were elected Vice Chairman and Treasurer, respectively. The newly-elected officers have a term of office effective July 1, 2011 until June 30, 2013.
Vice President Jejomar C. Binay will lead the oath-taking ceremony as participants from the different PHILSSA member-institutions and guests witness this milestone in Philippine social security.
Other member-institutions of PHILSSA are the Armed Forces of the Philippines- Retirement and Separation Benefits System (AFP-RSBS), the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), and the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO).
The PHILSSA is an association of Philippine government agencies implementing social security programs particularly for the working population. It was organized in 1996 to establish and maintain close ties among national institutions or organizations performing social security or related functions. Under a memorandum of agreement, the PHILSSA member-agencies also agreed to cooperate in the defense, promotion and development of social security, and assist one another in the improvement of operations through trainings, seminars, consultations and dialogues.
Recognizing the importance of the Filipino workforce in the country's economy, PHILSSA also acknowledged the importance of promoting a rational, well-coordinated and dynamic social protection program that will provide responsive benefits to workers and their families, affordable by employers and doable by the government to enable the country to cope with the current and future socio-economic challenges in the Asia and Pacific region.
The creation of a new set of officers is a renewal of PHILSSA's intentions to continue as a venue for deliberation and consultation of matters concerning social security among Filipino workers.(Kristine D. Besmonte, PAD)
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