As part of its 56th anniversary, the Social Security System (SSS) yesterday on Monday launched its Livelihood Bazaar and Exhibit, a five-day bazaar which the SSS said provides a chance for cooperatives and informal sector groups (ISG) to market their products.
Around 26 cooperatives and ISGs, nine of them from areas outside Metro Manila, are currently taking part in the bazaar where a wide variety of products like accessories, bags, clothing, furniture, household items, school and office supplies, toys, and food items from different regions in the country can be found.
Participants from Metro Manila include Caritas Manila; Caritas Salve Credit Cooperative; Tulay sa Pag-Unlad, Inc.; Payatas Poverty Alleviation Foundation, Inc.; the HOMENET Producers Cooperative; the Alliance of Progressive Labor; Aksyon Sambayanan; the Urban Poor Affairs Office; Novaliches Development Cooperative Inc.; the Pateros Women’s Foundation; and the Sacred Heart Parish Development Cooperative.
The Patamaba–Workers in the Informal Sector Enterprise from Rizal; Kabalingay/Soroptimist International from Bulacan; Center for Agriculture and Rural Development–Mutually Reinforcing Institution from Laguna; Nueva Segovia Consortium of Cooperatives from Ilocos Sur; and Baguio Vegetable Retailers Savings and Credit Cooperative are also participating in the bazaar.
“The bazaar participants are among the many organizations that support SSS initiatives for informal sector workers, such as the AlkanSSSya Program and accreditation of SSS servicing partner agents,” said May Catherine Ciriaco, SSS vice-president for Management Services and Planning Division in a statement.
“The event is a good opportunity for them to showcase their members’ talent and creativity, as well as to augment their earnings that they can use to sustain their active SSS membership,” Ciriaco added.
A handful of jail associations are also participating in the bazaar with items that were handmade by inmates, including the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology National Capital Region (BJMP-NCR), the BJMP Female Dormitory in Quezon City and Davao City, the Correctional Institution for Women in Mandaluyong City, and the BJMP in Panago, Tagum province.
“SSS members and the public are invited to drop by the livelihood bazaar so that they can choose from a wide variety of products and, more importantly, help the members of these organizations to accumulate savings for their SSS contributions. We also encourage them to bring reusable or ‘eco’ bags to use while shopping,” Ciriaco said in the statement.
The SSS Livelihood and Bazaar and Exhibit is open from 7 am to 7 pm at the SSS Diliman office until September 6. JAN ERICK C. TUTAAN