Solon calls on PRRD to not approve the proposed 3% increase in SSS contributions

admin   •   February 1, 2018   •   2720

MANILA, Philippines — Anakpawis party-list Representative Ariel Casilao calls on President Rodrigo Duterte to not approve the proposal to increase by three percent the contribution of Social Security System (SSS) members.

Casilao argues that although the contribution hike might lengthen the life fund of SSS, the agency should improve first its collection from huge companies that fail to remit the contribution of its employees.

Casilao also calls on the members of the SSS to air their opposition against the said proposal as the prices of goods and services are already rising due to the implementation of a new tax law. — UNTV News & Rescue

SSS further extends deadline of contribution payment to November 30

Marje Pelayo   •   October 19, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System (SSS) has further extended the payment deadline for member’s contributions to November 30, 2020.

The new deadline is to give the agency’s covered employers and members more time to settle their overdue contributions in the past months this year, in consideration of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) situation.

Under Circular No. 2020-006-d, issued Tuesday (October 13), regular employers may pay their employees’ contributions from February to October 2020 until the end of November this year.

Meanwhile, contribution payments from January to September 2020 of self-employed, voluntary, and non-working spouse members and household employers for their employees may also be paid until the said deadline.

Likewise, employers with SSS-approved installment proposals are given until November 30, 2020, to deposit their post-dated checks, which fall due from March to October 2020.

Contribution payments of employers for the said applicable periods would not incur penalties if paid within the deadline.

The agency noted that since November 30 is a holiday, payments may be made on the next working day.

For more information, visit SSS official Facebook page or call the SSS hotline at 1455. 

SSS shifts to digital processing of benefit claims

Robie de Guzman   •   August 28, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The online filing and registration of new employees as members of the Social Security System along with the submission of most forms and benefit claims has been made mandatory as of July 15, the Department of Finance (DOF) said.

In a statement, the DOF said that the move is in compliance with the directive of Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III to shift to digital technology to further improve its services.

In its report to Dominguez, the SSS said the release of loans and benefits to members except for unbanked pensioners, have also been made “cheque-less” through the use of PesoNet and other electronic payment systems as of July this year.

SSS President-CEO Aurora Cruz Ignacio said the state-run firm is targeting to include unbanked pensioners in the “cheque-less” release of benefits by October this year.

She said that since July 15, the submission of the Maternity Notification Form for pregnant female SSS members and the Sickness Notification Form were required by the SSS to be done online.

The filing of Retirement Benefit Claim of members who are at least 65 years old and the application for Unemployment Insurance Benefit (UIB) have also been shifted to digital.

The online filing of the applications for the Calamity Loan and Salary Loan were made mandatory by the SSS a month earlier on June 15, while the filing of the Sickness Benefit Reimbursement Claim of employers was required to be done online as of July 1 this year.

The online enrollment of bank accounts in the My.SSS or SSS online portal is already mandatory for members since June 2020 and for employers starting August 2020.

The SSS said the online enrolment will enable to agency to automatically deposit benefits to the member’s and employer’s enrolled bank account.

Dominguez, who is also the ex-officio chairman of the Social Security Commission (SSC), last year urged the SSS to use digital tools to make it easier for its members to access its services.

The Finance chief said modernizing the SSS’ system will also help cut overhead costs for the pension fund.

He said the SSS needs to be prudent in managing its expenses, given that its task involves taking care of the hard-earned savings of Filipino workers.

“We have to do some serious investments in technology because it will not only save us money, but will also save time for the transacting public. Online transactions are easier and more convenient,” Dominguez said.

The SSS said it has also made mandatory the online filing of applications for the COVID-19 Calamity Loan Assistance Package (CLAP) since the program was launched last June 15.

Online filing of Funeral Benefit Claims for SSS member-claimants was made available starting July and will be mandatory by August, Ignacio said.

Meanwhile, the online filing of the Retirement Benefit Claim of OFW and voluntary members who are 60 to 64 years old has also been made mandatory starting August.

Echanis sustained multiple injuries, fatal stab wound – forensic pathologist

Robie de Guzman   •   August 21, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – Anakpawis leader and National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP) peace consultant Randall Echanis sustained multiple injuries, but a stab wound to the back caused his death, an expert said Friday.

Forensic pathologist Raquel Fortun, who conducted an autopsy on Echanis, said the peasant leader died after sustaining a stab wound that hit his aorta.

Fortun also said Echanis had head injuries and a laceration.

Echanis and another male, Louie Tagapia, were found killed last August 10 at a rented apartment in Novaliches, Quezon City.

Police investigators earlier said they are looking at robbery and personal grudges as possible motives for the killing. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Lea Ylagan)

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