SSS urges members to download SSS app

Aileen Cerrudo   •   November 18, 2019   •   1241

The Social Security System (SSS) urges its members to download the SSS mobile app to improve the ease of doing business with the agency.

The mobile app, according to the SSS, would also reduce long queues at SSS branches.

“With the SSS Mobile App, members can easily transact with the SSS anytime and anywhere through their smartphones or tablets instead of visiting the nearest SSS branch,” SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio said.

Through the SSS mobile app, members can view their contributions record, membership information, location of SSS branches, and status of their benefit claim, salary loan and loan balance.

Members can also update contact information, register at My.SSS, submit their salary loan application and maternity notification and generate and edit the Payment Reference Numbers.

“We are encouraging our members and stakeholders to use SSS online platforms as we transform our services into future-ready operations,” Ignacio said.

The SSS mobile app can be downloaded at the Google Play Store, Apple App Store, and Huawei App Gallery.—AAC

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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