BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Social Security System (SSS) has already readied the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) it will execute in partnership with the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Bataan on SSS membership of Dual Training System (DTS) trainees in the province.
“SSS already prepared the MOA for signing between TESDA Bataan and us”, said SSS Mariveles Branch Manager Jordan Herrera during his guesting last Saturday at Smile Radio 98.3 FM here.
SSS Professional and Informal Sectors Department Assistant Vice President Noel Coyupan and Luzon Group Senior Vice President Josie Magana, accompanied by Balanga Branch Manager Joel Villafuerte and Herrera, met last November with TESDA Bataan Provincial Director Grace Castillo.regarding the agreement.
“The program will be discussed with TESDA higher ups for the possibility of making it a policy to be implemented nationwide”, Director Castillo earlier disclosed.
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.
Herrera said SSS is working to expand its membership particularly in the informal sectors of the society. In Bataan, tricycle operators and drivers, members of homeowners associations, some barangays, LGU job order employees, vendors, and inmates have become members of the social security through the diligent effort of SSS Bataan officers like Herrera.
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