The Social Security System (SSS) received a Certificate of Merit with Special Mention from the Jury from the International Social Security Association (ISSA), which has over 330 organizations from more than 160 countries under its membership, in recognition of various SSS initiatives to promote inclusive growth during the ISSA Good Practice Awards for Asia and the Pacific 2015 held in Muscat, Oman on November 2.

Included in the “Moving Towards Inclusive Growth” campaign that earned the international citation for the SSS were its AlkanSSSya Program; accreditation of cooperatives and microfinance institutions as SSS collecting and servicing partner agents; Social Security Subsidy Program; SSS coverage of job order and contractual workers in government offices; and MuniSSSipyo Collect Program for unbanked areas.

Photo shows SSS Senior Vice President for Administration Group May Catherine Ciriaco (2nd from right) shake hands with former ISSA President Johan Verstraeten (left) of Belgium as she received the certificate onstage on behalf of the SSS. Also in photo were current ISSA President Errol Frank Stoové (right) of the Netherlands and Corazon dela Paz-Bernardo (2nd from left), who served as SSS President and Chief Executive Officer from 2001 to 2008 as well as ISSA President from 2004 and 2010, the only Asian and female to head the organization since its establishment in 1927.(SSS Media Affairs Department)