Social Security System (SSS) President and CEO Rolando Ledesma Macasaet disclosed that the SSS plans to install solar panels in its offices to save on electricity expenses and promote the use of renewable energy.
Macasaet said the SSS aims to have the pilot implementation of the project in its Main Office in Quezon City where 445 solar panels with a combined capacity of 200 kilowatt-peak (kWp) shall be installed.
“Upon the completion of this project, we estimate to generate an average of around 18,872 kilowatt-hours per month, equating to a monthly savings of P200,798.08; and to reduce our carbon footprint by 9.57 tons, equivalent to planting 57.4 trees,” he added.
The SSS is also contemplating installing solar panels in SSS-owned branches nationwide, especially in areas that experience frequent power outages and charge the higher cost of electric power.
The plan is in response to Executive Order No. 14 issued by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” R. Marcos Jr. on January 27, 2023, which approves and adopts the Philippine Development Plan (PDP) for 2023-2028. Among the plans provided under the PDP, which incorporates the 8-point Socioeconomic Agenda of President Marcos, is the lowering of energy costs and promotion of renewable energy sources.
“As we continue to pursue the provision of meaningful social security protection to the current and future generations of SSS members and their families and the improvement of our services, we will also adopt and implement measures to strengthen the SSS fund through prudent spending and operational efficiency, while advocating for the protection of the environment,” Macasaet said.
The SSS is committed to managing and minimizing the environmental impact of its operations. It has initiated several eco-friendly and cost-effective efforts in the past such as digitalizing its processes through its online portals, My.SSS and the SSS Mobile App, not only provide members with simpler, faster, and more convenient modes of fulfilling their transactions but also reduce carbon footprint through paperless processing and strict compliance with green procurement.
From 2007 to 2009, the Department of Energy, under its National Energy Efficiency Program and Conservation Program in Government Buildings, recognized the SSS as one of the highest energy-efficient government offices with a rating of 94%.