By Maria Teresa B. Benas
BANGUED, Abra, July 12 (PIA) — Realizing the value of membership to the Social Security System,160 members of the Tricycle Operators and Drivers Association (TODA) plying the routes of Brgy. Calaba and Camp Juan Villamor Compound in this capital town joined the SSS-Trikansya Program (alkansya ng mga tricycle operators and drivers).
In a simple ceremony held at the Camp Juan Villamor Compound last week, the “alkanSSSya” (alkansya in Tagalog, or piggy banks) were installed at the TODA parking space in front of the guard house of the Camp Juan Villamor for their own convenience.
The occasion was led by Benedicta C. Garcia, SSS Bangued manager, and attended by SSS officials led by Vice-President Mae Catherine Ciriaco and Luis Olais, assistant vice president for Northern Luzon Cluster, and Sangguninag Panlalawigan member Ramon Dickson.
This was the second alkanSSSya installed in Abra. The first was installed at the Bangued Municipal Building during the launching of the TrikanSSSya Program in the province last year.
Under the project, tricycle drivers and operators are encouraged to become SSS members by contributing some amount per day to raise their monthly contribution.
Meanwhile, the SSS-Bangued had also started to implement the new Kasambahay Law last month. Relative to this, SSS had opened its office during Saturdays to accept registration for membership.
In an interview with Eric Andrada of SSS, he said the SSS had been implementing the mandatory coverage of house helpers since 1993. However, the passage of the Kasambahay Law has strengthened their mandate to implement the mandatory coverage of house helpers. Said law also provides more protection to the house helpers because of the provisions of compensation packages for the members, he added. (JDP/MTBB-PIA CAR,Abra)