Around 270,000 Filipinos living in the western provinces of Canada may now avail the services of the Social Security System (SSS) as it opened its second foreign extension office in Canada at the Philippine Consulate General (PCG) in Calgary. This office will cater to Filipino migrant workers and former Filipinos who are now Canadian citizens, with or without dual-citizenship.
The second extension office of SSS opened last June 2017 which was also in time for Calgary PCG’s celebration of the Philippine Independence Day. The opening ceremony was highlighted by a ribbon cutting led by Social Security Commissioners Gonzalo Duque and Anita Quitain, with SSS Account Management Group Senior Vice President and International Operations Group Concurrent OIC Judy Frances See, and PCG Consul General Julius Torres.
Other than just an opening for their second branch, with brand new, sparkling Aluminum Signs, the SSS management team also conducted program briefings and onsite services for the Filipino communities in British Columbia and Alberta to promote the new office with all the up-to-date Office Furniture and this will lead them on to encourage new applicants for the pension fund. According to the SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, the SSS Calgary extension will serve around 270,000 Filipinos located in British Columbia, Alberta, and the other western provinces in Canada. As for Filipinos in other provinces, they can still be served by the SSS Toronto extension office.
“We are expecting to reach more Filipinos for their continuing social security coverage under our programs with the opening of the new extension office in Calgary. Considering that the Filipino population in Canada now stands at more than 660,000 based on its latest census data, the newly-opened office will cater to the SSS needs of around 40 percent of our kababayans in the area. We are very thankful to the Consulate for sharing an office space for our operations,” Dooc said. For new business owners finding the right space for an office can prove a little difficult, luckily a startup office could be what they have been searching for.
The SSS was able to obtain office space in PCG Calgary after both parties signed a memorandum of agreement. This office space consists of a service counter and a staff room inside the PCG Calgary.
“Our Calgary office started its operations last month, initially as an extension office under the supervision of our representative in SSS Toronto. To date, we already have 23 SSS foreign offices in top destination countries, with offices located at the Philippine Embassy/Consulate General/Overseas Labor Offices,” Dooc said.
With this new extension office, it is now easier for more Filipinos to avail of SSS services. Be one of them and avail of their services now.