How SSS members can apply for unemployment benefits

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 10, 2020   •   2827

Contributing members of the Social Security System (SSS) will be able to receive unemployment benefits after losing their jobs due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to the SSS, unemployed members include house helpers, seafarers, and overseas workers, and among the conditions indicated include:

  • age during unemployment will not be older than 60 years old;
  • was able to pay SSS contribution for no less than 36 monthly contributions;
  • has not been able to receive unemployment benefit in the last three years prior to the month when separation from job happened

Applicants should also submit the original and photocopy of one of the primary ID cards and documents. Primary IDs may include Passport, Driver’s License, and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) Clearance.

SSS Vice President for Public Affairs and Special Events Fernando Nicolas said unemployed members should submit the certificate of involuntary separation from the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

He also said that the benefit they will be receiving will be based on their contribution.

“Naka-base iyan sa monthly salary credit na hinuhulugan nila. Kung naghuhulog kayo ng P20,000 monthly salary credit iyan po ang katumbas ng matatanggap niyo (It is based on the monthly salary credit they were paying. If you paid P20,000 monthly salary credit that will be the equivalent of what you will be receiving),” Nicolas said.

SSS also clarified self-employed and SSS voluntary members will not be qualified for the benefit.

The agency is already preparing for the online filing for the applicants of the unemployment benefits. Nicolas advised applicants to wait for the online filing to avoid inconvenience due to limited transportation amid the community quarantine.

“So kung gusto niyo pong huwag munang maabala kasi mahirap ang transportasyon ngayon, huwag po muna kayong mag-file at dito na lang po muna natin gawin sa online (So if you want to avoid inconvenience because transportation will be difficult, don’t file and just do it online),” he said.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) previously reported that around 7.3 million lost their jobs due to the pandemic. AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

SSS opens application for up to P20,000 COVID-19 calamity loan assistance

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System (SSS) is now accepting applications from members who wish to apply for loan under the COVID-19 Calamity Loan Assistance Program. 

The agency said a member may loan up to P20,000 depending on his or her monthly salary credit in the past 12 months.

The SSS specified that to qualify, the applicant must have remitted his or her contributions in the past 36 months, with a local address in the Philippines and has no existing obligations with SSS particularly under the loan restructuring program or previous calamity loan programs.

However, those who already have received permanent disability and retirement benefits are not qualified to apply. 

Once approved, members may claim the loaned amount through the Unified Multipurpose Identification card, the Union Bank of the Philippines Quick Card or in a form of check which will be sent to the applicant’s billing address.

Application runs until September 14, 2020.

This is SSS’ way of helping its members who are affected by the current coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic which has impacted the country more than any other calamity in the past. 

Out of consideration for its members, the SSS extended the loan payment period to 27 months and lowered the interest rate to 6% as compared to the 24 months-10% interest of the previous calamity loans.

The SSS said it can accommodate up to 1.74 million member-applicants for the calamity loan.

Meanwhile, the SSS reminds its members that the deadline for payment of pending contributions has been extended up to June 30. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

SSS extends contribution payment deadline to June 30

Marje Pelayo   •   June 15, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) is extending its contribution payment deadline to June 30 to accommodate more members who wish to settle their dues. 

The deadline was supposed to be Monday (June 15).

Regular employers may proceed to remit their employees’ contribution covering the months of February, March and April.

Meanwhile, household employers, voluntary, self-employed and non-working spouse members may remit their pending contributions for the first quarter of 2020.

The SSS main office in Diliman, Quezon City expressed concern over the influx of members going to their branches which resulted in a breach of government-imposed health protocols such as physical distancing. 

READ: SSS offices overcrowded by members to beat June 15 contribution deadline

Apart from health concerns, the branch can only accommodate 250 members a day due to limited manpower.

Thus, the agency encourages members to process their transactions online through its website https://www.sss.gov.ph/.

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SSS offices overcrowded by members to beat June 15 contribution deadline

Marje Pelayo   •   June 11, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Members of the Social Security System (SSS) still have until Monday (June 15) to remit their pending contributions for the months of February, March, and April. 

SSS Branch in Diliman, Quezon City can only accommodate up to 250 individuals in compliance with health protocols, specifically physical distancing measures being imposed by the government amid the prevailing risk of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) infection. 

The agency seeks understanding from members as it only operates on limited manpower.

“Ang gusto po natin ma-minimize ang overcrowding sa ating mga SSS office, [We want to minimize overcrowding in SSS offices],” said SSS Media Affairs Team Head Cecil Mercado. 

Ang ating workforce ay hindi pa fully implemented so hati-hati kami ng schedule [Our workforce is not yet fully implemented so we divide our schedule],” she added. 

Members have the option to process their transactions online.

But some still opted to go to SSS branches, such as in Diliman, because of specific concerns that cannot be processed online.

Nag-try ako kaya lang dito ako pinapunta kasi dito na raw sa main (office) ang transakyon ng reklamo ko [I tried but I was directed here to transact my complaint],” Manuel Albarido said. 

“Hindi raw kasi sila nag-generate ng mga lumang payment form na ganto so kailangan mo siyang i-direct, ima-manual mo [They do not generate an old payment form so I need to submit it directly and manually], ” noted another member, Carlo Mcdon. 

Hindi ako marunong mag-online [I don’t know how to do it online],” claimed Rosie Amparo.

Aside from remittance of contributions, SSS has also opened its services to those who wish to apply for pension and other benefits. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

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