Social Security System (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio S. de Quiros Jr. (center) was among the recipients of the Communication Excellence in Organizations (CEO) Excel Awards for 2015 held last September 14 at the Intercontinental Hotel along Ayala Avenue in Makati City.

De Quiros was cited for his vision and outstanding performance for the past five years as the head of SSS. His reforms included the implementation of stricter guidelines for employer compliance with the SS law, expansion of the social security coverage to informal sectors and OFWs, opening of more SSS branches and Service Offices here and abroad, and providing more meaningful benefits such as the five percent across-the-board pension hike in 2014 and increase in the funeral benefit from the fixed P20,000 to a variable amount of P40,000 in 2015.

The CEO Excel Awards are given by the International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) Philippines to 14 distinguished leaders from various fields who made a significant change in their respective organizations.

Photo also shows (from left) Elpi O. Cuna, Chairman Emeritus and IABC Fellow; Ritzi Villarico Ronquillo, Chairman and Director of the International Executive Board and Trustee, IABC Foundation; Kane Errol Choa, President of IABC; and Joe Zaldarriaga, Vice President of IABC and Chair of CEO Excel Awards 2015. (SSS Media Affairs Department)