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January 22,2013 12:16 AM

By: Dolly Yasa

BACOLOD City – The Social Security System (SSS) will increase the minimum monthly pension of its members once the enabling law is passed.
Raul A. Casiano, SSS-Bacolod City head, said lawmakers should also consider corresponding increases on the monthly contribution payments and other funding measures if the monthly pensions will be increased.

“This is to maintain and prolong the actuarial life of SSS,” Casiano said.

Actuarial life refers to the capacity of a fund or financing firm to honor its obligations to members or beneficiaries over a certain period of time.

"We have been proposing for the increase in premium contributions at 11% and at the same time increase the maximum salary bracket from P15,000 to P20,000. If approved, we will have more sources of funds to raise the monthly pension of the pensioners," Casiano said.

A party list group has been pushing for a P2,000 increase in the minimum average monthly pension.
Several bills pushing for the hike are now pending in the Senate.
Casiano said payments of SSS benefits come from contribution payments and investment earnings.
"We have numerous SSS pensioners so we cannot just simply give the increase without considering the financial aspect of SSS. There are now proposals in congress to increase the minimum monthly pension and if approved, SSS has to comply with the law. We just hope that if they grant it they would also look into the premium contributions that we should also increase," Casiano explained.

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Evidence that Iloilo is great: Dinagyang

January  24, 2015  01:22 AM

By: Alex P. Vidal

“Each year, every city in the world that can should have a multiday festival. More people meeting each other, digging new types of music, new foods, new ideas. You want to stop having so many wars? This could be a step in the right direction.” – Henry Rollins

THE media coverage of the Dinagyang Festival has improved by leaps and bounds.

From the decrepit black and white digital prints and small-scale region-wide television, radio and newspaper coverage, to the global and even cosmological villages. Read more...

Ahead of time

January  24, 2015  01:18 AM

By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

In 1969, Jorge Mario Bergoglio was an ordained priest in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In that same year, Bacolod Bishop Antonio Y. Fortich issued his Pastoral Letter calling for the change and redirection of the priority of the Negros Church towards alleviating the lives of the poor, particularly of those who lived and worked in sugar haciendas and in the work places in the towns and cities, defending human rights under the aegis of martial law and adopting programs to implement the Church’s call for social and economic justice.    Read more...

Reject corruption

January  24, 2015  01:16 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

“REFORMING the social structures which perpetuate poverty and the exclusion of the poor first requires a conversion of mind and heart….reject every form of corruption which diverts resources from the poor, and to make concerted efforts to ensure the inclusion of every man and woman and child in the life of the community.” Read more...

Fond memories of Dinagyang and old Iloilo

January  24, 2015  01:14 AM

By: Reymundo Salao

WHAT are your early memories of Dinagyang? Mine probably may not have been as authentic as other people's memories because during the rest of my childhood, I just watched Dinagyang off the television coverage of IBC TV Channel 12 which never failed to deliver the best coverage of the event (If you ask me, TV 12's was way way better compared to the coverage they’ve had in recent years).  Read more...

Social dimension of Christian discipleship

January  24, 2015  01:12 AM

By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez, OSA

3RD SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

Gospel reading: Mark 1,14-20

THE proclamation of the God’s Kingdom is at the very heart of Jesus’ mission. He was sent into the world by the Father to do so and he carried it out both in words and actions. Hence, the Lord did not only preach verbally about what the Kingdom of God was all about, oftentimes using parables to help his listeners understand his message (cf. Mt 13:24.31.33.44.45.47; Lk 13:18-22; Mk 4:26.30, etc.), but also performed miracles, healed the sick, casted out demons, and so forth. Read more...

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