Noynoy told: sign SSS pension hike into law

12208709_1636489293291995_3356349351924251803_nWe are glad that the Senate has approved on third and final reading House Bill 5842, which seeks to increase the pension of retired Social Security System members by P2,000. We are glad that the country’s senators heeded the demand made by pensioners, workers and the public to hike pensions, which were last adjusted in 1997.

The pension hike would be a most welcome Christmas gift to the country’s pensioners. If approved, it will enable them to pay off some of their debts, buy a little more food for themselves and their families, and bring their medication closer to the ideal.

We dare Pres. Noynoy Aquino to immediately sign the bill. The ball is in his court and he should have the balls to pass it immediately. We expect him to invoke the arguments put forth by fake labor leaders and other officials of the SSS against the pension hike.

We repeat: The SSS has the funds for the pension hike, because workers have been faithfully paying their contributions. It will have more than enough funds if it improves its collection efficiency, goes after employers who refuse to remit workers’ contributions, reduces huge bonuses to board members, and reduces its administrative costs.

We are angered by the objection made by Sen. Juan Ponce Enrile to the bill. While he is a senior citizen himself, Enrile is insensitive towards the plight of retirees from the poor sections of our society. He has not been forced to subsist with a P1,200 monthly pension. His stand on this issue is another basis for his retirement from public office.

This victory was made possible by the clamor made by pensioners, workers and the public. We are calling on everyone to make our calls louder so we can finally have the P2,000 across-the-board pension hike approved before Christmas.