SSS Interested to Invest in PPP infrastructure; Selling Part of Real Estate Assests

The Social Security System expressed interest to enter public private partnership (PPP) infrastructure investments while awaiting the passage of the Social Security Reform Act of 2017.

Presently, SSS can only invest its reserve fund in infrastructure projects, foreign currency-denominated investments, government financial institutions and corporations, housing, private securities, real-estate, short and medium-term member loans under the mandate of Social Security Act of 1997.

“Under the proposed charter amendment dubbed as the Social Security Reform Act of 2017, powers and responsibilities of the SSS will be rationalized, allowing it to widen its investment opportunities for better fund returns,” said President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Dooc in a press statement.

The said move is to support the Duterte administration’s Php 8.4-trillion Build Build Build program which aims to sustain six to seven percent economic growth until 2022. Furthermore, Social Security Commission Chairman Amado Valdez said the plan is eyed to generate a “lifetime income for the pension fund.”

It can be recalled that the SSS began a P2,000-pension hike earlier this year, which amounted to around Php7 billion disbursed to 2.2 million pensioners last March. Thus, the state-run insurance program pledged to look for ways to generate income to answer to higher expenditures.

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SSS also expressed support to the tax reform program citing that this will result in a more efficient delivery of service to everyone, including pensioners.

Meanwhile, SSS is set to sell part of real estate assets to help fund the pension hike. Included in the sell-out are 47 condominium units and 49 parking slots in Mandaluyong worth a total of at least Php 344 million.
It is also selling 12 office condominium units and their respective parking at Pioneer Corporate Center with minimum bid prices between Php 3.941 million and Php 11.374 million.