The Social Security System’s Management and Corporate Planning division Vice President, May Ciriaco, and the labor sector’s representative to the system’s policy-making body, Daniel Edralin, consulted the workers on labor’s policy issues and directions relating to the country social security system. The dialogue was held during the Alliance of Progressive Labor’s 3rd National Conference on Precarious Work last October 28, 2010 at the LEARN Worker’s House, Quezon City. The dialogue was part of the on-going efforts of the current government to bring its services closer to people, as well as APL’s continuous labor education initiative.
The forum opened with Edralin introducing his role as one of the policy-makers in the said government financial institution. Ciriaco immediately followed with a presentation of SSS’ background, functions including the services it offers, and the current status of the corporation. The dialogue concluded with an open forum. Among the issues discussed were related to the benefits provided and future policy directions to be taken by the institution.
The Global Network managed to have a closer discussion with Edralin before the forum on SSS as regards the issue of social protection. The commissioner disclosed his views on SSS and how he can help in assuring the less privileged people’s right to social security benefits.