BALANGA CITY, Bataan – The Social Security System (SSS) and Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA) Bataan are scheduled to execute a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) on SSS membership of Dual Training System (DTS) trainees in the province, according to TESDA Bataan Provincial Director Grace Castillo.
“The MOA signing is scheduled on December 17”, said SSS Mariveles OIC Branch Manager Jordan Herrera. SSS executives, 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 week with Castillo to finalize the agreement. This is the second time SSS executives met TESDA Bataan regarding the program. “The program will be discussed with TESDA higher ups for the possibility of making it a policy to be implemented nationwide”, further disclosed by Castillo.
Earlier, Herrera pointed out that their target is to make all TESDA DTS trainees in the country SSS members. “DTS trainees have income and they will be registered as self-employed members”, 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 among 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 the diligent efforts of SSS Bataan officers like Herrera.