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Tuesday, March 24, 2009

SSS eases requirements for summer training program

The Social Security System (SSS) has eased down the requirements for its summer training program for student-dependents of displaced workers to allow more applicants to qualify, a top official said.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Romulo Neri said siblings of displaced workers would be accepted in addition to children, nephews and nieces of laid off employees and students registered with SSS.

“We have also extended the application period to March 27 to give students more time to submit the required documents to the SSS branch where they want to be assigned,” he said.
Under the new guidelines, the applicant or the SSS member related to the student must have been laid off within the last 24 months due to the present economic crisis and has at least one contribution payment within the same period. A total of 2,000 trainees would be accepted in the program.

The SSS launched the summer training program as part of efforts to help its members and their families affected by the ongoing financial crisis, which has led to job losses here and abroad. Students must be enrolled in any semester for the school year 2008 to 2009 to be eligible.

“Aside from enjoying hands-on training on social security services, the selected students would also receive a P340 daily allowance,” Neri said.

Students must submit an application form with their birth certificate, latest school registration card, valid school ID, medical certificate and proof that they or their parent, sibling, uncle or aunt has lost their job. Application forms are available at any SSS branch and at the SSS website.

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