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SSS reminds members of new table of monthly contribution

by Maris Federez   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

The Social Security System (SSS) has issued a reminder to all members of the new table of contribution.

Through its Twitter account, the agency announced the new SSS Contribution Table that took effect on Monday (April 1) for the applicable month of April 2019.

The new system in payment of monthly contribution is presented in three tables: one is for those who are Employed, Self-Employed, Voluntary Members and Non-Working Spouse; for Household Employers and kasambahay; and for OFW Members.

Members with advance payments at the minimum monthly salary credit (MSC) of P1,000 shall settle underpayments amounting to P6.00 per month; otherwise, such advance payment shall be deemed as ineffective contributions. 

Meanwhile, OFW members with advanced payment at the minimum MSC of 5,000 shall settle underpayments at P30.00 per month.

On the other hand, those with advance payments at an MSC other than the minimum may opt to pay the corresponding increase in contributions to retain posting at the same MSC; otherwise, such advance payment shall be posted at the applicable lower MSC. – Maris Federez

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DFA calls out to kin of repatriated Filipino suffering from amnesia

by UNTV News   |   Posted on Saturday, March 30th, 2019

Richard Soriano | Courtesy: DFA

The Department of Foreign Affairs is requesting the relatives of a Mr. Richard Soriano to contact their office.

Soriano is suffering from amnesia. He was left in a hospital in China before he was repatriated on March 29.

The foreign affairs department is also calling out to anyone who has information on Mr. Soriano’s relatives.

According to their statement, Soriano’s family or one who can provide information can contact their office.

Tel nos. (02) 8344996, (02) 8343246
Email: oumwa.database@gmail.com or oumwa@dfa.gov.ph

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SSS slammed for imposing P2,400 mandatory contribution for OFWs

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Friday, March 29th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Former Bayan Muna Chairman Neri Colmenares and Bayan Muna Party-List Rep. Carlos Zarate criticized the Social Security System (SSS) for the imposition of mandatory contribution for overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

Colmenares on Wednesday (March 28) argued that OFW membership should only be voluntary in consideration to their situations abroad.

Premium contributions of SSS members will increase by April, based on the new SSS charter.

According to its draft Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR), a land-based OFW shall shoulder both the employer and the employee contributions until such time that the OFW’s host country enters into a bilateral agreement with the Philippines that will obligate employers to remit their contributions.

Currently, the state insurance agency’s premium contribution is P2,400 for overseas workers which they need to pay before they can leave the country.

The said amount will be added to the US$144 mandatory insurance being pushed by the government.

Zarate argued that such a measure might force OFWs to succumb to borrowing and eventually be buried in large amounts of debts.

The lawmaker also pointed out that this will only place OFWs at risk of being picked on by their employers which can eventually lead to dismissal.

Colmenares suggested that instead of being hard on their members by increasing their contributions, the SSS should improve its collection and go after delinquent employers in order to extend its fund life. – Marje Pelayo

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Cooperation on OFW protection signed between PH, Japan

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Monday, March 25th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines and Japan signed on Tuesday (March 19) a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) that assures better protection for soon-to-be-hired overseas Filipino workers (OFW) under the new specified skills residency in Japan.

The agreement, signed by Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III and Japanese Justice Minister Takashi Yamashita in Tokyo, aims at protecting Filipino from illegal recruiters who promise jobs in Japan.

Bello expects the Philippines will be able to get 30 percent of the 350,000 available jobs that Japan will open to foreign nationals.

Industries in need of skilled workers include health care, food services, electronics, food manufacturing, agriculture, hospitality, construction, shipbuilding, fisheries and aquaculture, aviation and building maintenance among others.

Under the agreement, the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) will facilitate the processing and accreditation while the Philippine Labor Overseas Labor Office (POLO) – Japan will be in charge of the verification of skilled workers’ documents, coordination onsite and welfare concerns.

To be hired, applicants must pass the skill level tests and Japanese proficiency exams to be administered by the Japan Foundation in the Philippines.

Those who will be hired as specified skilled workers may stay in Japan for a maximum of five years under the Specified Skills No. 1 visa status with the chance to receive a status of Specified Skills No. 2 if the worker obtains a higher level of specialization.

According to the guidelines contained in Department Order No. 201 Series of 2019 last March 22 issued by Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), applicants for Specified Skilled Workers jobs must be at least 18 years old; must pass an examination or other evaluation method that the applicant possesses skills requiring considerable knowledge or experience necessary for the work which the applicant intends to engage in; must pass the Japanese language proficiency test as well as the language proficiency necessary for the work which the applicants intends to engage in; and must possess a passport valid for at least six months prior to the intended date of departure.

The DOLE emphasized that “no fee of any kind or form shall be collected, directly or indirectly, from the specified skilled worker for their selection and deployment to Japan.”

Likewise, no deductions will be made on the worker’s allowances and salary except for host country’s prescribed tax for foreign workers.

Japan’s new law on admitting foreign workers under the specialized skills program takes effect in April 11. — Marje Pelayo

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