Gabriela Women's Partylist in Iloilo

holds picket rally and signature signing

in campaign against the use of SSS funds


Iloilo City


February 13, 2009




On Friday the 13th Gabriela Women’s Partylist members wore black to participate in the national call for PETITION SIGNING TO PROTECT SSS FUNDS. Gabriela held a picket rally in front of the SSS - Iloilo office. In just 2 hours, the petition garnered more than 500 signatures.


Photos courtesy of Gabriela Women's Partylist- Iloilo

13 February 2009

Reference: Cristina Palabay, Gabriela Women's Party Secretary General
Francis Uyanguren (Public Information Officer) 0929-4511305


It's the lonely hearts day, a day before Valentine's Day, for Gabriela
Women's Party and Profund when they conducted the nationally
coordinated petition signing and pickets at offices of the Social
Security System in major cities and provinces today to heighten the
campaign to stop the use of the P12.5B SSS funds for the P330B
economic stimulus package.

Gabriela Women's Party Secretary General Cristina Palabay said the
black hearts that they carried as placards symbolized how the SSS
members will be affected with the possible use of their funds. The
woman leader said the centers for petition signing were set up and
pickets were held at the SSS National Office in Quezon City, where
Gabriela Rep. Liza Maza joined members of GWP and Pro-fund, and in SSS
offices in Pasig City, Davao City, Laguna, Iloilo City, Bacolod City,
and General Santos City.

"We are urging the Social Security Commission members to decide
against the use of what can be considered as private funds of SSS
members for public use. Amidst the massive lay-offs and depressed
wages of workers with the effects of the global financial crisis, it
is highly questionable for SSS Chief Romulo Neri and Malacanang to
gamble with the funds of SSS members, most of them workers from the
private sector," Palabay said.

Palabay said Mr. Neri has not presented a substantial study whether
investments in infrastructure, where the SSS funds were to be
utilized, has met the requirements of safety, good yield, at

"With Malacanang's wishlist of big-ticket projects vulnerable to
corruption for these investments, there is great doubt if this would
redound to return of investments for the SSS members," Palabay added.

Palabay said Gabriela Women's Party chapters have already started the
petition campaign in factories, particularly those in export
processing zones, communities and other workplaces. Together with
Pro-fund, Kilusang Mayo Uno, Courage, Migrante, and Anakpawis, an
online petition campaign ( Gabriela
Rep. Maza also initiated an online internet campaign through her
Facebook account.