PIA Press Release
Tuesday, January 10, 2012
SSS launches raffle promo for OFWsQUEZON CITY, Jan. 10 --Overseas Filipino workers can win a trip back home and cash prizes for active Social Security System (SSS) membership and motivating fellow OFWs to become SSS members under a special raffle promo starting this month, a top official said.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. said the "Member-Get-Member" (MGM) promo aims to encourage overseas workers to urge fellow Filipinos in their communities abroad to become active SSS members.
"It is SSSí priority to reach out to OFWs. We learned that despite their hard work, they are often excluded from social security programs of their host countries," he said. "Thus, ensuring their SSS coverage is a way of giving them social protection wherever they are."
To be eligible as "nominators," interested OFWs must have a minimum of one posted contribution during the last three months from the time of registration for the MGM promo.
The promo carries the slogan "Sa SSS: Kasamahang OFW ay Protektado, Meron Pang Pa-Premyo." Nominators can refer new or existing members to SSS as "nominees," who must have no posted contributions for 2011.
"Nominators automatically earn one entry to the monthly raffle for every posted contribution of each nominee, provided they also pay their own SSS premium for the same month," De Quiros said.
"More referrals mean more chances of winning."
A total of nine winners of P10,000 each will be chosen via electronic raffle every month from January to June 2012. Monthly raffle draws will be held on the last working day of the succeeding month.
"OFW nominators and nominees with six posted contributions for January to June 2012 will qualify for the Grand Raffle, which will be held in September as part of the 55th SSS anniversary celebration," De Quiros said.
The SSS offers as Grand Prize a vacation package that includes round-trip economy-class airfare to Manila from the winning OFWís country of work; round-trip airfare, airport transfers and hotel accommodation for a four-day stay for two in Boracay; and P45,000 pocket money.
"The Grand Prize is convertible to P160,000 cash. SSS will also award a special prize of P50,000 and a plaque of appreciation to the OFW-nominator with the most number of nominees in recognition of the memberís exemplary support for the promo," De Quiros said.
The institution will also draw two 2nd prize winners of P30,000 each; three 3rd prize winners of P20,000 each; and ten winners of P10,000 each as consolation prizes.
Interested OFWs can register at SSS foreign offices and through the SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph) starting January 15. Local branches, including SSS' office at the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) headquarters in Mandaluyong City, will accept applications from January 16 to June 30.