SSS President and Chief Executive Officer (PCEO) Emilio de Quiros, Jr. (center) and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (3rd from right) shaking hands during the signing, with both SSS Senior Vice President for Account Management Judy Frances See (3rd from left) and DA-ATI Director Asterio Saliot (2nd from right) serving as witnesses. Also present were (from left) SSS Officer-in-Charge for Cooperatives and Informal Sector Department Honorato Carranza Jr., SSS Special Assistant to the PCEO Ma. Lourdes Mendoza, and DA-ATI Extension Program and Partnership Division Chief Engr. Renato dela Cruz.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer (PCEO) Emilio de Quiros, Jr. (center) and Agriculture Secretary Proceso Alcala (3rd from right) shaking hands during the signing, with both SSS Senior Vice President for Account Management Judy Frances See (3rd from left) and DA-ATI Director Asterio Saliot (2nd from right) serving as witnesses. Also present were (from left) SSS Officer-in-Charge for Cooperatives and Informal Sector Department Honorato Carranza Jr., SSS Special Assistant to the PCEO Ma. Lourdes Mendoza, and DA-ATI Extension Program and Partnership Division Chief Engr. Renato dela Cruz.

The Social Security System (SSS) signed an agreement with the Department of Agriculture (DA) for the full subsidy of monthly SSS contributions for an initial batch of 100 selected farmers all over the country during ceremonies held at the DA Main Office along the Elliptical Road in Diliman, Quezon City on March 14. The agreement will pave the way for the social protection of thousands of farmers nationwide who are qualified Community Extension Workers or members of Rural Based Organizations assisted by the DA Agricultural Training Institute (ATI). The subsidies will be based on a minimum monthly salary credit of P3,000, for a monthly SSS contribution of at least P330 per self-employed farmer.