Employees & Employers Wants SSS to Defer Contribution Hike Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
Several groups of employees and employers are urging the Social Security System (SSS) to defer the contribution hike for the members.
The labor group Nagkaisa chairperson Sonny Matula stressed out that the contribution hike is a significant amount for the members especially to the less-fortunate. He explained that a lot of Filipino people are still jobless due to the effects of the coronavirus pandemic.
Matula said that around 98 percent of enterprises in the Philippines were micro industries and almost 50 percent of them have shut down due to the current heath crisis. Millions of people have also lost their jobs due to the economic crisis.
The group leader has expressed his sentiments stating that each centavo is a big thing nowadays because a lot of people are struggling with their finances a many people are starving for having no reliable source of income.
“Napakahalaga kahit na piso eh dito sa time na ‘to dahil kulang na kulang ‘yung pera ng tao. Although, sasabihin na maliit lang naman ‘yan, eh para naman doon sa talagang isang kahig, isang tuka, malaki ‘yan, malaking bagay ‘yan,” Matula said.
He also said that the government should give its own contribution to SSS, according to the Section 20 of the Social Security Act of 2018.
President Rodrigo Duterte has also ordered the deferment of the 2021 contribution hike for PhilHealth members last January 4, 2020.
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