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Solons urged to prioritize
bills for increased pension

Bayan Muna Partylist Rep. Neri Colmenares yesterday urged both Houses of Congress in a press release to consider the bill increasing the monthly pension of all SSS pensioners by a maximum of P2,000.00 as one of the priority bills when session resumes today.

The House of Representatives passed on Second Reading last December 15, House Bill 4365 which increased SSS pension by a maximum of two thousand pesos per month. If the Senate will also approve its pending bills increasing SSS pension, then the bills can immediately be signed into law and the increase could take place this year, Colmenares said.

There are various SSS bills in the Senate authored by Sen. Lito Lapid, Sen. Jinggoy Estrada, Sen. Manny Villar, and Sen. Antonio Trillanes all pending before the Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprise headed by Sen. Ralph Recto, the press release said.

Colmenares also said that the passage of the SSS pension law will be of substantial help to senior citizens many of whom continue to receive P1, 200.00 a month and this will be congress’ gift to all SSS pensioners at the start of the year.*

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