Villar tells PNoy: Be sensitive, sign SSS pension hike

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Las Pinas Rep. Mark Villar on Thursday urged President Aquino to sign into law a measure granting a P2,000 across-the-board increase in the Social Security System (SSS) members’ pension.

Villar, who chairs the Committee on Trade and Industry, said the measure was already transmitted to Palace for President Aquino’s signature last December.

Under the Constitution, if the President does not act on a proposed law submitted by Congress, it will lapse into law after 30 days of receipt.

“The government must be sensitive to the needs of its people. Kung may oportunidad para gawing mas makabuluhan ang konsepto ng hustisya, hindi dapat tayo magalinlangang gawin ang tama,” he added.

“Noong June 2014, ipinatupad ang five percent-across-the-board pension para sa 1.9 milyon na retiradong miyembro ng SSS. Ngunit kung atin pa ring susumahin, kulang pa rin ito para punan ang mga pangunahing pangangailangan,” Villar, one of the authors of the measure, said.

Villar also noted the pensioners’ right to demand an increase considering the continuous escalation of the daily cost of living and inflation rates.

“This is not a dole-out. The pension hike would benefit petitioners who have worked and remitted premiums for 10 to 20 years,” he said.

“Social services in the country must be sensitive to the current socio-economic realities. On face value, alam natin kulang. I am confident that the President will adhere to the request of its people,” Villar said.

Under the Social Security Act, otherwise known as Republic Act No. 8262, SSS Members with at least 10 credited years of service are currently provided a monthly pension of 1,200 php, while those with 20 credited years are given 2,400 php. As of April 2015, the average pension is P3,169.