Gabriela seeks probe on SSS contribution rate hike

By RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 07 2014 06:38 PM | Updated as of Jan 08 2014 02:38 AM

MANILA, Philippines – Lawmakers from the Gabriela party-list want the House of Representatives to investigate the liabilities and management of the Social Security System (SSS) following the announcement of a hike in member contributions.

Gabriela representatives Luzviminda C. Ilagan and Emmi De Jesus on Tuesday urged colleagues in the House of Representatives to conduct an inquiry into the financial management situation of the SSS.

"The SSS is in no position to shove these increases down workers' throats. No consultation was conducted among stakeholders. A deeper look into the financial situation of the SSS should be conducted and at the very least, an explanation should be in order. SSS members are given no choice but to comply with automatic deductions even as they contend with inefficiencies in the delivery of benefits and pensions and scandalous holiday bonuses given to SSS executives,” Gabriela said.

Last week, Bayan Muna filed a similar resolution calling for an investigation on member contributions for both SSS and PhilHealth.

Ilagan also expressed her disappointment following Malacanang's categorical refusal to put a stop to proposed increases in SSS contributions.

"Aquino's bias against workers is too obvious in this refusal to ease the burden on Filipino workers. This comes amid skyrocketing prices of food, utilities, services and petroleum products. Lahat na lang ng
pagpapahirap pilit ipinapapasan sa mga manggagawa't maralita,” she said.

Congress has likewise not placed into its agenda legislation to look into the SSS' financial situation or ease the burden being imposed on workers.

According to Ilagan, despite having been filed in August
2013, no hearing has been conducted on the resolution.