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Monday, March 02, 2009

SSS to hire dependents of displaced workers

Social Security System (SSS) planned to hire for summer training 2,000 student-dependents of workers who were separated from employment as a result of the present economic crisis, a ranking official said.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Romulo Neri said the students would be hired as summer trainees for about two months and would receive hands-on training on the implementation of social security programs.

“Children, nieces and nephews of laid off SSS members as well as students registered with the SSS are eligible for the program,” he said, adding that the members should have paid at least one contribution as of December 31 last year.

The program aims to help workers that were laid off in the last twelve months due to closure, downsizing or temporary suspension of operations by companies affected by the present economic crisis.

Students can submit their applications to the manager’s office of the SSS branch where they intend to work from March 2 to 13 and present their birth certificate, latest school registration card, valid school ID, medical certificate and proof of separation from employment.

Applicants already registered with SSS should also bring their SSS biometric identification card or their Personal Record (E-1) Form. Those selected would be given an orientation before the training program starts in April, Neri said.

“To be eligible, applicants should be 18 to 35 years old and enrolled in any semester for the present school year,” he said. “They should also be computer literate because part of their duties is to help employers use electronic facilities in remitting and reporting SSS payments.”

The trainees would also help SSS account officers sort and file records on SSS delinquency cases and assist members using self-service facilities in branches.

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