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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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Houston air is cleaner than Beijing

November 22,2014 01:10 AM

By: Edgar Mana-ay

Even in just the short 4-hour layover at the Beijing Airport from Manila on my way to Houston, one can observe the obvious air pollution in Beijing City.

On a very clear day and good weather, the sun in Beijing is not visible to the naked eye even at noon time. There is always a smoke like haze or smog that blankets the entire city (Manila is a little bit better), making noontime look like six o’clock in the evening.   Read more...

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By: Modesto P. Sao-noy

AN EARLY schedule out of Bacolod prevented me from attending the “Kapihan sa SSS Bacolod” called by the AVP of Western Visayas Cluster Manolito Tagalog last Tuesday. However, news reports and radio commentaries provided enough information to comment on the agency’s latest moves. Some good news but most are disappointments. Read more...

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November 22,2014 01:06 AM

By: Artchil B. Fernandez

“SO HARAP tayo para malaman ano talaga ang totoo (Let’s face off to bring out the truth),” Vice President Binay issued this challenge to Senator Antonio Trillianes IV, one of his tormentors last October 22, 2014 after he spoke before businessmen at the Manila Hotel.   Read more...

Desiring to see and to be with God at the end of time

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By: Fr. Czar Emmanuel Alvarez

34TH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME

SOLEMNITY OF CHRIST THE KING

Gospel Reading: Matthew 25,31-46

OUR Gospel reading this Sunday confirms our faith in the glorious return of Jesus at the end of time to judge both the living and the dead. It will be the fulfilment of the promise he made on many occasions before he embraced his passion and death on the cross (cf. Mt 16:27; 24:37-44; 25:1-12; Mk 8:38; Lk 12:37-40; 21:34-36; Jn 14:1-3; etc.). On that day the Son of God will manifest all His power and glory as the King of the universe! Read more...

With the end in mind

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By: Fr. Roy Cimagala

IT’S understandable that with the approach of the celebration of the Solemnity of Christ the King on November 23, the readings of the Masses these days bring us to consider the end of time, judgment, heaven and hell.

The Solemnity of Christ the King marks the end of the liturgical year. And we would begin another one with the onset of the season of Advent, the proximate preparation for Christmas, the birth of Christ, our Redeemer.

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