THE Filipino workers’ lobby group Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP)-Nagkakaisa has called for the immediate dismissal from service of the two top officials of the Social Security System (SSS) for moves prejudicial to the interest of its members.
The TUCP is after the heads of SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros and Chairman Juan Santos, who it claims were behind the proposed Compensation and Position Classification System (CPCS) that would grant them and other SSS top executives excessive “midnight perks” amounting to P800,000 a month.
The CPCS is also applicable in all other government-owned and controlled corporations and government financial institutions.
The group’s spokesman, Alan Tanjusay on Sunday explained that once the SSS-proposed salary and benefits restructuring scheme is approved by the SSS board, de Quiros, for instance, stands to get an increase of P500,000 in his monthly salary alone, and another P300,000 in the form of additional benefits and privileges.
The midnight perks, Tanjusay pointed out, would be at the expense of around 1,000 rank-and-file SSS workers who will not get any increase.
“In the light of very recent veto action of President Aquino to the proposed P2,000 pension increase for 2.4 million pensioners, we strongly oppose the plan to increase the salaries and benefits of SSS top executives including de Quiros and SSS chairman Juan Santos. As paying members and as representatives of the millions of SSS paying members, we demand that Mr. de Quiros and Mr. Santos be severed from SSS in order for the plan to be stopped,” the TUCP said.
“It is unjust for de Quiros and Santos to tinker with it to enrich themselves at the expense of workers’ blood money,” it added.
Drafted by the Good Governance Commission for Government-Owned or Controlled Corporations (GCG), Executive Order (EO) 203 was signed by President Benigno Aquino 3rd and Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa on March 22, 2016 “adopting a compensation and position classification system (CPCS) and a general index of occupational services (IOS) and for the GOCC sector covered by Republic Act No. 10149, and for other purposes.”
The group learned that de Quiros and Santos are actively lobbying in the SSS board and among the SSS rank and file workers for the immediate approval of the CPCS before the Duterte administration assumes office.
Aquino vetoed the bill that seeks to grant retirees an increase of P2,000 in their monthly pension. The President and SSS management also turned down a compromise counter-offer of P1,000 and P500 pension increase to help pensioners cope with the rising cost of living.