MALOLOS, Bulacan–The Luzon Central 2 Division of the Social Security System (SSS) participated in the nationwide simultaneous celebration of Pensioners’ Day on September 8, 2023. 

The event was attended by 302 pensioners, along with the Branch officials and staff, headed by Luzon Central 2 Division Vice President Gloria Corazon M. Andrada. 

“As we celebrate the 66th anniversary of SSS this September, we extend our heartfelt appreciation to our members, employers, and especially our pensioners who have honored us with their presence. We are truly grateful for the trust they have placed in SSS, which has allowed them to enjoy the benefits in return,” Andrada said. 

Andrada also awarded cash prizes to four pensioners who received pension benefits for a long period of time. 

A pensioner joyfully expressed that she had been receiving pensions for over 30 years, exemplifying the long-standing commitment of SSS to its members. 

The program featured captivating intermission numbers that brought joy and entertainment to the pensioners who were present. Also, 21 lucky pensioners were chosen to receive prizes through raffle draws. 

One highlight of the event was the provision of medical consultation services led by Supervising Medical Specialist IV of SSS Luzon Central Medical Operations Section Dr. Ferdinand Damo. The medical team also distributed prescribed medicines and essential vitamins to the pensioners. 

SSS Malolos Branch also assisted the participants with SSS concerns as well as retirement pensioners who wanted to avail of the Pension Loan Program. 

The PLP was launched to assist retirement pensioners in their short-term financial needs by offering a loan at a low-interest rate of 10% per annum. Qualified pensioners can apply for a loan equivalent to 3, 6, 9, or 12 times of their basic monthly pension plus the P1,000 additional benefit, but not exceeding the maximum amount of P200,000.