SSS launches mobile centers in calamity areas

October 8, 2009 9:45 am 

MANILA, Oct. 8 — The Social Security System (SSS) has launched mobile centers in 13 cities and municipalities affected by typhoon "Ondoy" to attend to the needs of members struggling to recover from one of the worst flooding disasters in decades, a top official said today.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Romulo Neri said five fully-equipped service vehicles would get on the road around the National Capital Region and Rizal province to attend to members’ queries, give out forms and accept applications for benefits and loans.

"We understand that many members in badly-hit areas right now can’t leave their homes to file applications directly at SSS offices, so we are bringing our services to them," he said, adding that the program would provide members access to SSS facilities.

SSS has assigned a mobile center for each of the following cluster of areas: Marikina, San Mateo and Rodriguez; Cainta and Taytay; Taguig, Las Piñas and Parañaque; Tanay, Antipolo and Angono; and Pasig and Pateros.

The pension fund also opened an action center at the lobby of its branch office in Marikina City. SSS Marikina stopped operations last week after floods damaged the computers and branch equipment of the one-storey office.

Neri said SSS had a surge in salary loan applications following the onslaught which caused widespread flooding in the main island of Luzon after it hit the country on September 26.

He said nearly 45,000 members have applied for early renewal of salary loans in the NCR after SSS liberalized its loan policies in calamity areas.

"But SSS has been implementing measures and working overtime, even on weekends, to cope with the huge volume of transactions," he said. (PNA) /V3/PR/utb/

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