Duterte names second woman SSS president

By Argyll Cyrus Geducos

President Duterte has appointed Aurora Cruz Ignacio as new chief of the Social Security System (SSS), Malacañang revealed Monday.

Ignacio, the second woman to lead the pension fund, was named as president and chief executive officer of SSS based on her appointment paper signed on March 28.

The first woman to lead the SSS was Corazon dela Paz who served under the Arroyo administration.

Ignacio's appointment came a day before the election ban started last March 29, and will last until May 12. Under the election ban, it is prohibited to make new appointments or promotions, or hire new employees within the given period.

Ignacio obtained her Bachelor of Science, major in Commerce, Banking and Finance degree from the Centro Escolar University.

She is also a former assistant secretary at the Office of the President, designated as the focal person to handle inquiries and interventions related to the government's campaign against illegal drugs.

Ignacio will be replacing Emmanuel Dooc who resigned from his post early last month.

In a report by ABS-CBN, Dooc "voluntarily and irrevocably stepped down" to give President Rodrigo Duterte the chance to appoint a new head of the SSS.

Dooc was appointed to the lead the SSS in 2016, replacing Emilio De Quiros. Prior to joining SSS, Dooc served as insurance commissioner.

His resignation came as the Social Security Act of 2018 took effect. The measure mandates the SSS membership of all overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).