SSS launches exhibits highlighting heroism of Andres Bonifacio and Filipino workers

MANILA, (PNA) –The Social Security System (SSS) is holding a special exhibit titled “Pagpupugay Kay Gat Andres, Bayani ng Manggagawang Pilipino, at sa mga Makabagong Bayani ng Bayan: Bilib Kami Sa’Yo!” in line with SSS 56th anniversary celebration on Sunday (September 1, 2013).

It was earlier launched Friday by SSS president and chief executive officer Emilio de Quiros Jr. along with representatives of government and private institutions.

It highlights the heroism of the Filipino worker, as exemplified by national hero -Andres Bonifacio.

“Prior to his rise as one of the pillars of the Philippine revolution, Gat Andres Bonifacio was already a hero at a young age to his siblings when he took on the responsibilities of being a family breadwinner following the death of his parents,” SSS vice president for public affairs and special events division Marissa Bugante said.

The first half of the exhibit puts the spotlight on Bonifacio’s early years, his role in the Philippine revolt against the Spanish colonial rule, and his final days.

The second half of the exhibit showcases SSS’ campaign in bringing social security protection to more workers, especially to informal sector workers.

At the forefront of this campaign is the “AlkanSSSya,” a microsavings program that enables members of participating informal sector groups (ISGs) to save regularly for monthly SSS contributions using a secure, cabinet-like facility.

Bugante cited that the exhibit, likewise gives recognition to the heroism of modern-day ‘Bonifacios’, the SSS members,

“These modern day Bonifacios’ hard work and dedication help bring their families, and even the entire nation, towards a brighter and more secure future,” Bugante added.

The 56th SSS anniversary exhibit will run until November 30 — the date of Bonifacio’s 150th birth anniversary — all the way to December 27, the last working day of 2013.

The exhibit is open from 8 am to 5 pm on weekdays, excluding holidays at the 2nd floor of the SSS Building in Quezon City. (PNA)