BALANGA CITY, Bataan -The Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Bataan and Social Security System (SSS) have tied up to make Dual Training System (DTS) trainees in the province members of SSS.
“Our DTS trainees are automatically offered to become SSS members”, disclosed TESDA Bataan Provincial Director Grace Castillo in her guesting at Radyo Balita 98.3 FM Smile Radio. “It is voluntary basis but most trainees really want to become SSS members”, she added.
“The program will be discussed with TESDA higher ups for the possibility of making it a policy to be implemented nationwide”, further disclosed by TESDA Bataan provincial director.
Earlier, SSS Mariveles Branch OIC Manager Jordan Herrera pointed out that their target is to make all TESDA DTS trainees in the country become SSS members. “DTS trainees have income and they will be registered as self-employed employees”, he explained.
DTS is a training modality that combines theoretical and practical training. It is called dual training because learning takes place alternately in two venues: the school or training center and the company or workshop. It is being implemented by TESDA.
Castillo had met SSS officers Luzon Group Senior Vice President Josie Magana, Central Luzon Division Vice President Vilma Agapito, Balanga Branch Manager Joel Villafuerte and Herrera in finalizing the program. Herrera said SSS is working to expand its membership particularly in the informal sectors of the society.
In Bataan, tricycles operators and drivers, members of homeowners associations, some barangays, LGU job order employees, vendors, and inmates have become members of the social security through diligent effort of SSS Bataan officers like Herrera.