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10 - 03

If you want to get updates on a loan or claim you filed at the SSS but do not have the means or time to call their hotline, you can text them instead!

The Text-SSS facility is now made available for SSS members on-the-go, allowing them to inquire about their contributions and claims status without having to call the SSS hotline.  We summarized the how-to’s and other interesting updates from this facility for everyone’s information.  If you have not tried this new service from the SSS yet, you can start today by registering your SS number using your mobile phone!

What is Text SSS?

Text-SSS facility is a text-based information service that allows a member to inquire about the number of his/her contributions, loan application status, loan balance, status of benefit claim, document requirements in filing benefit claim and membership registration, change in member record, SSS branch location and feedback on SSS concern through short messaging service (SMS)s.

How can a member register?

A member can register by creating a message using the format below and sending it to 2600.

Type: SSS REG <SSNumber> <BDAYmm/dd/yyyy> send to 2600

Upon successful registration, the system will send a text message informing the member of his/her unique system-generated Personal Identification Number (PIN), which will be required in inquiries sent to the Text-SSS facility (2600).

Service fee is P2.50 for Globe and Smart subscribers, P2.00 for SUN subscribers.

How can one inquire about his/her contributions, loan status, and loan balance?

To inquire:

On Contributions, type: SSS CONTRIB<SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

On Loan Status, type: SSS LOANSTAT<SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

On Loan Balance, type: SSS LOANBAL<SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

To retrieve PIN, type: SSS RESET<SSNUMBER><BDAYmm/dd/yyyy> send to 2600

Other services:

To know the different commands, key in: SSS HELP send to 2600

To send feedback: <SSnumber><concerns/inquiries/complaints> send to 2600

To know the nearest SSS branch: SSS BRANCH<city> or <postal code> send to 2600

To get requirements on SSS ID: SSS ID send to 2600

To get requirements for OFWs: SSS OFW send to 2600

To get requirements for voluntary member: SSS VOL send to 2600

To get requirements for self-employed: SSS SELF send to 2600

To get requirements for change in membership data: SSS CHANGE send to 2600

To check status of claim:

SSS STATUS Sickness <SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

SSS STATUS Maternity <SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

SSS STATUS Disability <SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

SSS STATUS ECMed <SSNumber><PIN> send to 2600

SSS STATUS Retirement <SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

SSS STATUS Death <SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

SSS STATUS Funeral <SSNUMBER><PIN> send to 2600

To inquire about documents required in filing benefit claims, key in:

SSS DOC Sickness send to 2600

SSS DOC Maternity send to 2600

SSS DOC ECMed send to 2600

SSS DOC Disability send to 2600

SSS DOC Death send to 2600

SSS DOC Funeral send to 2600

For retirement less than 65 years old, key in:

SSS DOC Retirement send to 2600

For retirement with minor dependent, key in:

SSS DOC Retirement Minor send to 2600

Sources:

www.sss.gov.ph

www.facebook.com/SSSPh

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How to Get an I-DOLE OFW ID Card

09 - 06

Last July 2017, the Department of Labor and Employment launched a new ID system for OFWs called the I-DOLE.  This ID allows OFWs to do away with the long and tedious process of applying for the Overseas Employment Certificate (OEC) that they need to secure in order prove their legitimacy as Filipino workers.

Apart from it working as an OEC, the I-DOLE also covers the following card functionalities:

  1. I-DOLE card holders may claim their benefits from the following government agencies through the I-DOLE card:
    • SSS
    • HDMF or Pag-IBIG
    • Philhealth
  2. The DOLE also mentioned that they are working with the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on the possibility of having the I-DOLE cardfunction as a passport for the OFWs.

How does an OFW apply for an I-DOLE card?

The DOLE stated that OFWs need not apply for the said card as their department will be issuing the IDs based on the inventory of all bona fide OFWs from the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).  The IDs will be mailed to the OFW’s registered address.  If you have not received your I-DOLE yet, you may follow these steps in availing one from the nearest DOLE office in your area.

  1. Go to the main office of DOLE or to any DOLE office branch nearest to your place.
  2. Bring 2 or more valid IDs as proof of your identification. All government IDs are considered valid.
  3. Upon reaching the DOLE’s office, advise the guard or any person-in-charge that you wish to secure an I-DOLE card.
  4. You may be asked to present your OEC as proof that you are applying for an I-DOLE for the first time.
  5. Your information will be processed and verified against the database to check if you are listed as a qualified OFW based on POEA’s listing.
  6. When successfully verified, your ID will be printed and your name will be called when your card is ready.

I-DOLE card application will also be made available online soon to allow OFWs abroad to submit their applications so that their IDs would be ready when they come home for a vacation.

For more information on the I-DOLE card, send us an email and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.dole.gov.ph

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08 - 16

The SSS Calamity Loan is a special privilege offered by the SSS to members who reside, work, or have properties in areas declared by the government to be under a state of calamity.  This type of loan is not open to all and not readily available unless the government and SSS come to an agreement during emergency situations.  What SSS members can truly count on are the following benefits that are automatically available to members with updated contributions and loans.

For your ready reference, below is a summary of SSS benefits that every member can enjoy:

TYPE OF BENEFIT QUALIFYING CONDITIONS AMOUNT OF BENEFIT
SICKNESS

A daily cash allowance paid for the number of days a member is unable to work due to sickness or injury.

  • The member is unable to work due to sickness or injury and is confined either in a hospital or at home for at least four days.
  • He/she has paid at least three months of contributions within the 12-month period immediately before the semester of sickness or injury.
  • He/she has used up all company sick leaves with pay for the current year and has duly notified his/her employer; or
  • He/she must notify the SSS directly by filing a sickness benefit application if he/she is separated from employment, a self-employed or voluntary member, including overseas Filipino worker OFW) members.
  • The amount of the member’s daily Sickness Benefit allowance is equivalent to 90% of his/her average daily salary credit (ADSC).
  • The Sickness Benefit is granted up to a maximum of 120 days in one calendar year.
Maternity

A daily cash allowance granted to a female member who is unable to work due to childbirth or miscarriage.

  • The member has paid at least three months of contributions within the 12-month period immediately before the semester of her childbirth or miscarriage.
  • If employed, she must have given notification of her pregnancy through her employer, or
  • She must directly notify the SSS if she is separated from employment, a self-employed or voluntary member, including OFW-member.
  • The amount of the daily Maternity Benefit allowance is equivalent to 100% of her ADSC, multiplied by 60 days in case of normal delivery/miscarriage/ ectopic pregnancy without operation/H-mole, or by 78 days for caesarean section delivery/ ectopic pregnancy with operation.
  • The Maternity Benefit is granted up to the first four deliveries or miscarriages only.
Disability

A cash benefit granted – either as a monthly pension or a lump sum amount – to a member who becomes permanently disabled, either partially or totally.

  • The member has paid at least one month contribution before the semester of disability.
  • To qualify for a monthly disability pension, he/she must have paid at least 36 monthly contributions prior to the semester of disability.
  • If with less than 36 monthly contributions, he/she is granted a lump sum amount.
  • If qualified, the member is granted a monthly Disability Pension, plus a P500 monthly Supplemental Allowance.
  • The lowest monthly Disability Pension is P1,000 if the member has less than ten credited years of service (CYS); P1,200 if with at least ten CYS, and P2,400 if with at least 20 CYS.
Retirement

A cash benefit granted either as a monthly pension or a lump sum amount to member who can no longer work due to old age.

  • The member is at least 60 years old (optional retirement), separated from employment or has ceased to be self-employed; and has paid at least 120 monthly contributions prior to the semester of retirement; or
  • The member is 65 years old (mandatory retirement), whether employed or not; and has paid at least 120 monthly contributions prior to the semester of retirement.
  • To qualify for a monthly retirement pension, the member must have paid at least 120 monthly contributions prior to the semester of retirement.
  • If with less than 120 monthly contributions, he/she may be granted a lump sum amount, but will also be given the option to continue paying contributions to complete the 120 months to become eligible for monthly pension.
  • If qualified, the member is granted a monthly Retirement Pension, plus a 13th month pension payable every December.
  • The retiree has the option to receive the first 18 months pension in lump sum, discounted at a preferential rate of interest to be determined by the SSS. This option can be exercised only upon filing of the first retirement claim, and the Dependent’s Pension and the 13th month pension are excluded from the advanced 18 months pension.
  • If the member has dependent minor children, they are given a Dependent’s Pension equivalent to 10% of the member’s monthly pension or P250, whichever is higher.  Only 5 minor children, beginning from the youngest, are entitled a Dependent’s Pension. No substitution is allowed.
  • The lowest monthly Retirement Pension is P1,200 if the member has 120 monthly contributions or at least 10 CYS; or P2,400 if with at least 20 CYS.
Death

A cash benefit granted – either as a monthly pension or a lump sum amount – to the beneficiaries of a deceased member.

  • A monthly death pension is granted to primary beneficiary (legitimate spouse until he/she remarries, and dependent legitimate, legitimated or legally adopted, and illegitimate children)of the deceased member who had paid at least 36 monthly contributions prior to the semester of death.
  • A lump sum amount is granted to the primary beneficiary if the deceased member had less than 36 monthly contributions.
  • If there are no primary beneficiaries, the member’s secondary beneficiaries (dependent parents) shall be given a lump sum amount.
  • If qualified, the member’s primary beneficiary is granted a monthly Death Pension, plus a 13th month pension payable every December.
  • If the member has dependent minor children, they are given a Dependent’s Pension equivalent to 10% of the member’s monthly pension or P250, whichever is higher. Only 5 minor children, beginning from the youngest are entitled to Dependent’s Pension.  No substitution is allowed.
  • The lowest monthly Death Pension is P1,000 if the member had less than 10 CYS; P1,200 if with at least 10 CYS; and P2,400 if with at least 20 CYS.
Funeral

A cash benefit given to whoever paid for the burial expenses of the deceased member.

  • The employee-member was reported for coverage by his/her employer;
  • A self-employed member/OFW/non-working spouse who had at least 1 contributor payment;
  • A voluntary member who was previously covered either as employed/self-employed/OFW and had at least one contribution/payment.
  • The Funeral Benefit is a variable amount ranging from a minimum of P20,000 to a maximum of P40,000, depending on the member’s paid contributions and CYS.
Employees’ Compensation Program (EC)
  • Cash benefit for temporary sickness or disability, permanent partial or total disability, and death.
  • Medical services, appliances, and supplies
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • The EC Program aims to assist those who suffer from work-connected sickness or injury resulting in disability or death. Starting June 1984, the benefits under the EC Program may be enjoyed simultaneously with benefits under the Social Security Program, thus, allowing double compensation for covered members who suffer work-related contingencies.  All SSS-registered employers and their employees are compulsorily covered under the EC Program and need not register again under the EC.
Salary Loan

A cash loan granted to an employed, currently-paying self-employed or voluntary member.  It is intended to meet the member’s short-term credit needs.

  • An employed, currently-paying self-employed or voluntary member who has six posted monthly contributions within the last 12 months prior to the month of filing of loan application.
  • For one-month loan, the member must have 36 posted monthly contributions prior to the month of filing of application.
  • For two-month loan, the member must have 72 posted monthly contributions prior to the month of filing of loan application.
  • If employed, the member’s employer must be updated in the payment of contribution and loan remittances.  The member must also be updated in the payment of other loans with SSS.
  • A one-month loan is equivalent to the average of member’s last 12 monthly salary credits (MSCs), or the amount applied for, whichever is lower.
  • A two-month loan is equivalent to twice the average of the member’s last 12 MSCs posted, rounded to the next higher MSC, or the amount applied for, whichever is lower.
  • The loan shall be charged an interest rate of 10% per annum until fully paid, based on diminishing principal balance, and shall be amortized over a period of 24 months.
  • If the loan is not fully paid at the end of the term, interest shall continue to be charged on the outstanding principal balance until fully paid.
  • In case of default, the arrearages/unpaid loan shall be deducted from the member’s short-term benefit claims (e.g. sickness/maternity), if any, or from his/her final benefit claim (e.g. death, retirement, total disability).
  • The loan can be renewed after payment of at least 50% of the original loan amount and at least 50% of the loan term has lapsed.

Source: https://www.sss.gov.ph

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08-15

Now that the rainy season is upon us, a lot of areas in Metro Manila as well as in the provinces are once again on guard for the anticipated onslaught of typhoons and flash floods.  Sadly, no matter how well a community, city, or province prepare for the worst, a lot of families still get adversely affected by the wrath of these typhoons and thunderstorms.  Houses, vehicles, and businesses are destroyed mercilessly by nature, leaving its helpless owners wondering how they can rebuild their hard-earned investments.

The Social Security System responds to such emergency needs by offering its Calamity Loan privileges to SSS members in calamity-stricken areas, as declared by the government.

What is the SSS Calamity Loan?

This is a new and separate loan window from the regular salary loan offered to members who live or work in areas declared to be under the State of Calamity by the government.

The salary loan amount is determined by the SSS and is payable in two years in 24 equal monthly installments, with an annual interest rate of 10% and 1% monthly penalty for late payments.

How does a member qualify for the SSS Calamity Loan?

Members should have a home address or property in the covered areas and a minimum of 36 monthly contributions, six of which should be paid within the 12-month period preceding the date of application.

SSS will announce when they will start accepting calamity loan applications over the counter at their branches and only then will members’ applications be entertained.

Are OFWs and Seafarer members qualified to apply?

Yes they are, as long as they can show proof that their property is covered by the calamity.  They can apply through their designated representatives who should present an authorization letter to the SSS.

What are the requirements when applying for a calamity loan?

Apart from their SSS ID, a member must submit a Barangay Certification that will attest to their residence in the declared calamity area or to their current status as an OFW or seafarer.  Any previous calamity loans must be fully paid before the member can avail of another calamity loan.

My property is covered by the calamity area, how come my application for an SSS calamity loan was denied?

Those who availed of the SSS Loan Restructuring Program and those with final benefit claims such as for total permanent disability and retirement, are excluded from the program.

Take note that calamities are not restricted to natural disasters such as storms, earthquakes, drought, and the like.  SSS members in war-torn Marawi have been declared qualified to avail of the said calamity loan.

For more information on the SSS calamity loan, you may visit their website at www.sss.gov.ph or visit the nearest SSS office in your area.

 

Source:

www.sss.gov.ph

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07 - 27

Matagal na akong hindi nakapag hulog sa aking SSS / Philhealth account; ngayon, may sakit ako at maco-confine.  Pwede ko bang habulin ang mga nalibanan kong buwan para makapag claim pa din ako ng benefits?

This is a common question we receive from followers.  Apparently, a lot of Filipinos think that paying their monthly contributions for government-mandated insurances is optional.

It isn’t.  We all need to activate our SSS and Philhealth memberships and diligently remit our monthly contributions to ensure that we are protected and covered by benefits.

We summarized SSS and Philhealth’s requirements and needed premium payments before a member can claim his benefits from these government agencies.  We aim to encourage everyone to update and maintain their monthly contributions to ensure hassle-free benefits claim anytime emergency strikes.

Read on.

Philhealth

  • Member must have paid at least three months’ premium contributions within the immediate six-month period prior to the first day of confinement to avail of benefits.
  • Philhealth does not accept retroactive payments for unpaid months.
  • Contributions made on admission date, during the confinement period, or after the member or dependent is discharged from the health care institution will not be counted as qualifying contributions.

What are the requirements for eligibility and when is a member eligible to claim?

Sponsored Members Date of hospitalization/availment must be within the effectivity period indicated in the member’s ID and MDR.
Individually Paying Members 1. There are certain confinement cases wherein three months worth of premium within the last sixmonths (3/6) prior to confinement is acceptable.

2. For pregnancy-related cases, dialysis, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and other selected surgical procedures, the member must have paid nine months worth of premium within the last twelve months.

Lifetime Member The member just has to show their Lifetime ID Card; no need to pay premiums anymore.  This now includes Senior Citizens; in which case, all they need to show is their SC IDs.
Employed Members Three months worth of premium within the last six months (3/6) prior to hospitalization.
Overseas Workers Date of hospitalization/availment must be within the coverage period specified in the member’s MDR.

 

SSS

A. Maternity Benefits

The maternity benefit is offered only to female SSS members.  A member is qualified to avail of this benefit if:

  1. She has paid at least three monthly contributions within the 12-month period immediately preceding the semester of her childbirth or miscarriage.
  2. She has given the required notification of her pregnancy to SSS through her employer if employed; or submitted the maternity notification directly to the SSS if separated from employment, a voluntary or self-employed member.
  3. SSS does not accept retroactive payments for unpaid months.

The maternity benefit shall be paid only for the first four (4) deliveries or miscarriages.

B. Sickness Benefits

The sickness benefit is a daily cash allowance paid for the number of days a member is unable to work due to sickness or injury.

A member is qualified to avail of this benefit if:

  1. He is unable to work due to sickness or injury and confined either in a hospital or at home for at least four days;
  2. He has paid at least three months of contributions within the 12-month period immediately before the semester of sickness or injury;
  3. He has used up all current company sick leaves with pay; and
  4. He has notified the ER, or directly the SSS, if separated from employment, VM or SE regarding his sickness or injury.

C. Retirement

The retirement benefit is a cash benefit paid either in monthly pension or as lump sum to a member who can no longer work due to old age.

A member is qualified to avail of this benefit if:

  1. Member must have paid at least 120 monthly contributions prior to the semester of retirement and is any of the following, whichever is applicable:
    • At least 60 years old and separated from employment or has ceased to be an SE/OFW/Household Helper (optional retirement);
    • At least 65 years old whether still employed/SE, working as OFW/Household Helper or not (technical retirement);
    • At least 55 years old and separated from employment or has ceased to be an SE, if an “underground mineworker” (optional retirement);
    • At least 60 years old whether still employed/SE or not, if an “underground mineworker” (technical retirement); or
    • A total disability pensioner who has recovered from disability and is at least 60 years old (or at least 55 years old, if an underground mineworker).
  2. A former retiree-pensioner whose monthly pension was suspended due to re-employment / self-employment and is now separated from employment or has ceased to be an SE.
  3. A member who is 60 years old and above, but not yet 65, with 120 contributions or more may continue paying as VM up to 65 years old to avail of the higher amount of benefit.

If you have questions regarding benefit claims from Philhealth and SSS, send us a message and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

 

Sources:

www.sss.gov.ph

www.philhealth.gov.ph

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06 - 20 (1)

After getting married, the next thing the couple needs to attend to are the updating of their IDs and other public documents, from their old civil status to that of married.  For women, they also have the option to change their maiden last name and begin using their husband’s last name in their IDs and government documents.  Take note that changing the woman’s last name is not mandatory; women have the option to keep their maiden last name for as long as they want.

To help newlyweds get started on this rather daunting task, we are sharing the following information, requirements, and processes involved in updating your marital status and changing your last name:

I. PHILHEALTH

  1. Bring a photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate and the original for verification.
  2. Advise the customer service personnel that you wish to change your marital status; you should be given a blank Membership Form.
  3. Your marital status should be accomplished while you wait; you will also be issued a new Philhealth ID.
  4. This can be done at any Philhealth office or satellite office.
  5. Updating of status and changing of name is free of charge.

II. Bank Records

  1. Bring a copy of your PSA Marriage Certificate; bank personnel normally photocopy the documents within bank premises.
  2. Bring valid IDs.  Banks like BDO and Eastwest prefer IDs that already bear your married name.
  3. Advise bank teller that you want to update your marital status and change your last name.  Most banks do not charge any fees for such updates.

III. Pag-IBIG

  1. Bring the original and photocopies of your PSA Marriage Certificate and valid IDs.
  2. Advise frontline personnel that you wish to update your marital status and last name.  You will be given an MCIF (Members Change of Information Form) for you to fill out.
  3. This can be done at any Pag-IBIG branch office near you.
  4. Updating your information is free of charge but if you wish to get a Loyalty Card, prepare Php 100.00.
  5. Updating of member’s information can be accomplished while you wait.

IV. SSS

  1. If you are employed, advise your employer that you wish to update your SSS data.  You will be given a Member’s Data Amendment Form (E4).  Fill it out and submit to your HR.
  2. Attach a photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate, SSS, ID, and an authorization letter for your employer to process this on your behalf.
  3. Updating your SSS details is free of charge but requesting for a new ID (UMID) will cost you Php 300.00.  The new ID may take a two to three months before it is issued to you.

V. Passport

  1. Confirmed appointment date and time; you may secure an appointment online at www.dfa.gov.ph
  2. Download a copy of the form online, accomplish it in your handwriting, but do not sign until you are in front of a DFA personnel.
  3. Get a complete list of required documents and IDs from the DFA website; double-check that you have all requirements on the day of your appointment.

VI. Driver’s License

  1. Bring the original and photocopy of your PSA Marriage Certificate and your current or expired license.
  2. Submit a duly accomplished Application for Driver’s License.
  3. This may be done at any LTO branch and should be accomplished within the day.  Be at the office early.

Sources:

www.lto.gov.ph

www.dfa.gov.ph

www.sss.gov.ph

www.pagibigfund.gov.ph

www.philhealth.gov.ph

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05 - 12

This article is for our mom-to-be followers who are wondering if they are qualified to claim for maternity benefits from the SSS.  Often, expectant mothers who only recently began making SSS contributions, or those who missed a month or two prior to their delivery dates, are worried that they would not be able to claim assistance from SSS.

We lifted the official computation and other guidelines from the SSS website to help all female SSS members understand how maternity benefits are determined.

Read on!

The SSS Maternity Benefit

  • For normal delivery and miscarriages: 100% of member’s average daily salary credit multiplied by 60 days.
  • For caesarean section delivery: 100% of member’s average daily salary credit multiplied by 78 days.

Benefit Computation

  1. Exclude the semester of contingency (delivery or miscarriage).
    • A semester refers to two consecutive quarters ending in the quarter of delivery.
    • A quarter refers to three consecutive months ending March, June, September, or December.
  2. Count 12 months backwards starting from the month immediately before the semester of contingency.
  3. Identify the six highest monthly salary credits within the 12-month period.  The monthly salary credit means the compensation base for contributions and benefits related to the total earnings for the month.  The maximum covered earnings or compensation is Php 16,000.00 effective January 1, 2014.
  4. Add the six highest monthly salary credits to get the total monthly salary credit.
  5. Divide the total monthly salary credit by 180 days to get the average daily salary credit.  This is equivalent to the daily maternity allowance.
  6. Multiply the daily maternity allowance by 60 (for normal delivery or miscarriage) or 78 days (for caesarean section delivery) to get the total amount of maternity benefit.

Below is an example:

Let’s say the SSS member will give birth on December 2017, how do we determine the amount of maternity benefit she can expect from SSS?

  1. The semester of contingency is from July 2017 to December 2017.
  2. The 12-month period before the semester of contingency would be from July 2016 to June 2017.
  3. Assuming the six highest monthly salary credits are Php 15,000 each, then the total monthly salary credit would be Php 90,000.00 (Php15,000 x 6).
  4. The daily maternity allowance would be Php 500.00 (Php 90,000 / 180).
  5. To get the total amount of maternity benefit: multiply the daily maternity allowance by the number of days based on the type of delivery:
    • For normal delivery and miscarriages: Php 500 x 60 = Php 30,000.00
    • For caesarian section delivery: Php 500 x 78 = Php 39,000.00

Important Reminders:

  1. The SSS maternity benefit is paid to a female member for the first four deliveries and miscarriages only, by virtue of the Social Security Act of 1997 (RA 8282).
  2. Employed members shall receive the full amount of the maternity benefit within 30 days from the date of filing of the maternity leave application.  This will be given in advance by the employer (who shall then be reimbursed in full by the SSS).
  3. If the employee member gives birth or suffers a miscarriage and the required number of contributions have not been properly remitted by the employer, or if the employer fails to notify the SSS, the employer will be required to pay damages to the SSS.  Such damages shall be equivalent to the benefits that the employee should have been entitled to.
  4. Separated / voluntary / self-employed members shall be paid directly by the SSS.
  5. A female member cannot claim for sickness benefit for a period of 60 days for normal delivery or miscarriage and 78 days for caesarean delivery.  No member can be entitled to two benefits for the same period.

The moment you have confirmed that you are pregnant, notify your employer right away.  If you are a voluntary member, file the necessary papers at the SSS immediately.  This will secure the validity of your claim, whether you carry the child to full term or suffer a miscarriage (anything can happen).  It also pays to create an online SSS account so you can monitor your and your employer’s monthly contribution.

We hope this article helps all new and future mothers!

Source: www.sss.gov.ph

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11-18

Kung ang isang Senior Citizen ay hindi tumatanggap ng pension mula sa SSS o sa GSIS, maaari siyang mag apply sa DSWD para mapabilang sa Social Pension Program.  Narito ang mga requirements:

  1. Dapat ay 60 years old pataas ang edad ng aplikante.
  2. Dapat ay hindi tumatanggap ng pension ang aplikante mula sa SSS o sa GSIS.
  3. Kailangang may Certificate of Indigency ang aplikante mula sa barangay kung saan siya nakatira.

Ang mga aplikante ay ia-assess ng isang social worker mula sa DSWD; kapag pumasa, ipapadala sa DSWD ang kanilang endorsement para sa final approval.

Kapag na-aprubahan ang application for pension, makakatanggap ng Php1,500 na pension tuwing tatlong buwan (quarterly) o Php500 monthly.  Kailangan lamang mag hintay ng qualified pensioner hangga’t may mabakanteng “lugar” para sa kanila.  Ibig sabihin nito, ang lahat ng maa-aprubahang aplikante ay ilalagay sa wait list; habang nasa wait list, hindi muna sila makakatanggap ng pension.  Kapag may pumanaw na na DSWD pensioner o natanggal sa listahan dahil hindi na nakabilang sa indigent pensioner’s list, ay saka pa lamang mag-uumpisang tumanggap ng pension ang mga nasa wait list.

Hindi din malinaw kung ang tatanggapin bang pension ng mga nasa wait list ay lump sum ng mga pension na hindi nila natanggap habang sila ay naghihintay o mag uumpisa lamang ang bilang kapag sila ay natanggal na sa wait list.

Maaaring mag submit ang mga nais mag  apply sa DSWD Social Pension sa kahit na anong DSWD office sa buong bansa.

Source: http://kickerdaily.com/posts/2016/07/indigent-senior-citizens-without-sss-gsis-pension-can-apply-for-dswd-social-pension/

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11-03

When my uncle was granted citizenship in the U.S. by virtue of a petition filed by his daughter who is a natural born U. S. Citizen, he also elected to change his first name.  So from being a Jose Paulo de Guzman Asuncion, he is now Mark Arthur de Guzman Asuncion.

He recently celebrated his 65th birthday and is now taking an extended vacation in the Philippines.  He is technically “retired” from private employment in the U.S. but still has the option to continue working for smaller firms.

Last Monday, he requested me to help him order copies of his and my aunt’s birth certificates and two copies of their marriage certificate.  Of course, I ordered online at PSAHelpline.ph because I know they can get it done in 2 to 3 days max.  He told me to have it delivered to his home address in Quezon City and list him as the recipient.

I did as he requested and was able to successfully submit all orders in less than 15 minutes.  I went to a nearby 711 store to pay for the documents (yes! 711 accepts PSAHelpline.ph payments!) and told my uncle to just wait for the courier within the week.  I also reminded him to prepare his IDs as these will be asked of him before he receives the documents.

Later that evening while we were having dinner, my uncle showed me all the IDs he has in his envelope.  It was then that I realized that he no longer had any IDs that bore his old first name, Jose Paulo.  From his driver’s license, to his Senior Citizen ID, to his passport, he is identified as Mark Arthur De Guzman Asuncion.  Since he is declared as the owner of the ordered documents, and his name on his PSA birth certificate is Jose Paulo, he needs to show the courier a valid ID with his name listed as Jose Paulo.

We launched a major search operation in his old cabinets and desk drawers; I asked the helper to find any old IDs that do not have expiration dates and bear his name as Jose Paulo.  After turning his entire bedroom upside down, we finally saw one!  The last SSS ID he had before he left for the U.S. in 2002 was neatly kept in a box and still looked as good as new!  And, it does not have an expiration date!  Of course, his name on this ID is Jose Paulo De Guzman Asuncion.

When the PSAHelpline.ph courier arrived yesterday with the documents, my uncle was eagerly waiting by his porch with his SSS ID.  He handed this to the courier who carefully studied the ID and my uncle’s face.  The courier smiled and said: “Parang di po kayo tumatanda!”

So yes, you can use an old ID when receiving your ordered PSA documents, just as long as these are non-expiring IDs like your SSS.

My uncle, having stayed in the U.S. for 14 years, is used to quick, efficient, and hassle-free transactions.  And I must say that he was really impressed with the online ordering and delivery services of PSAHelpline.ph.  He could not believe how far the PSA has gone from being an overly crowded office with people lined up everywhere, to having an online portal where Pinoys can easily request for their documents and have these conveniently delivered wherever in the country.

He also loved being told that his photo on his old SSS ID looked like it was taken just yesterday.

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10-27

Are you currently receiving pension from the Social Security System (SSS), as a retiree or a beneficiary?  Have you recently undergone your Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (ACOP)?  Did you know that the ACOP schedule has been changed from contingency month to the birth month of the SSS member?

To ensure continuous release of your monthly SSS pension, you need to undergo the ACOP program every year.  Here is the list of procedure and documents needed when reporting at the SSS for ACOP; take note too of the defined exemptions, depending on the pensioner’s physical condition.

A. DISABILITY PENSIONERS

How to Comply:

The pensioner has to report to any SSS branch, EXCEPT if the pensioner is 80 years old and above.  In such cases, the pensioner only needs to accomplish the ACOP form and attach required documents.  These documents should then be submitted to the nearest SSS branch through a representative or email to member_relations@sss.gov.ph.

Required Documents (depending on the pensioner’s age and physical condition):

If the Pensioner can report personally:

  1. Accomplished and signed ACOP form.
  2. SS card or two valid IDs, both with signature and at least one with photo.

If the Pensioner is incapacitated or 80 years old and above and resides in the Philippines:

  1. Accomplished and signed ACOP form.
  2. Photocopy of SS card or two valid IDs, both with signature and at least one with photo.
  3. Sketch of residence.

If the Pensioner is confined in an institution:

  1. Accomplished and signed ACOP form.
  2. Photocopy of SS card or two valid IDs, both with signature and at least one with photo.
  3. Certification from applicable institution confirming Pensioner’s confinement.

If the Pensioner resides abroad:

  1. Accomplished and signed ACOP form.
  2. Photocopies of SS card, valid passport, or any two valid IDs issued by the host country government unit/agency where photo and signature are shown.
  3. Complete physical examination report done within 3 months prior to the last day of compliance and certified by a physician indicating his license number and clinic address.
  4. Laboratory or other diagnostic examination results applicable to disability.

 

B. RETIREMENT AND DEATH PENSIONERS

How to Comply:

If the pensioner receives his pension thru a bank, he or she has to report to the designated bank; if pension is received thru checks or a guardian, the pensioner needs to report to any SSS branch.

Required Documents (depending on the pensioner’s age and physical condition):

If the Pensioner can report personally:

  1. Accomplished and signed ACOP form.
  2. SS card or two valid IDs, both with signature and at least one with photo.

If the Pensioner is incapacitated or 80 years old and above and resides in the Philippines:

  1. Accomplished and signed ACOP form.
  2. Photocopy of SS card or two valid IDs, both with signature and at least one with photo.
  3. Sketch of residence.
  4. Certificate of existence from the Barangay Chairman.
  5. Medical Certificate done within three months prior to the last day of compliance and certified by a physician indicating his license number and clinic address.

If the Pensioner is confined in an institution:

  1. Accomplished and signed ACOP form.
  2. Photocopy of SS card or two valid IDs, both with signature and at least one with photo.
  3. Certificate from applicable institution confirming pensioner’s confinement.

If the Pensioner resides abroad:

  1. Accomplished and signed ACOP form.
  2. Photocopies of SS card, valid passport or any two valid IDs issued by the host country governmental unit / agency where photo and signature are shown.

Source: https://www.sss.gov.ph/sss/appmanager/pages.jsp?page=acopad

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