SSS maternity benefits total P3B

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State-run Social Security System (SSS) has released P3.37 billion in maternity benefits from January to June to 157,163 members qualified members, a top official said in a statement.

SSS president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Dooc said the amount was 12 percent higher than the P3.01 billion worth of maternity benefits disbursed in the same period in 2017. At least 38 percent or P2.85 billion were disbursed to 107,268 employee-members.

“As the only state-run institution that provides maternity benefit to female workers from the private sector, we are glad that more members were able to receive cash benefits for the past six months. In fact, maternity benefit is now the third highest disbursement under the Social Security Program,” Dooc said.

A total 38,724 beneficiaries are voluntary members with total benefit disbursements amounting to P411.36 million, followed by 7,279 self-employed and 3,892 overseas Filipino workers (OFW) with benefit releases worth P41.36 million and P71.63 million, respectively.

To qualify, members should have paid at least three monthly contributions within the 12-month period immediately preceding the semester of pregnancy or miscarriage and should report her pregnancy through her employer or directly to SSS if she is a registered self-employed or voluntary member.

“We just announced last April that self-employed and voluntary members can conveniently send their maternity notifications using the Text-SSS facility so that it would be easier for them to comply with our benefit application procedures. However, employed members are still required to notify the SSS through their employers,” he added.

To submit maternity notifications through Text-SSS, members should key in: SSS MATERNITYNOTIF <SSNumber> <PIN> <Expected Delivery Date MM/DD/YYYY> <Total Number of Pregnancies (including this pregnancy)> and send it to 2600.
“This is to remind our members who submitted their maternity notification via Text-SSS to submit their proof of pregnancy once they apply for maternity benefit reimbursement,” Dooc said.

Aside from the Text-SSS facility, maternity notifications can be submitted through My.SSS portal in the SSS website. Members should provide the necessary information such as expected date of delivery, number of delivery and date of last delivery or miscarriage.

Komfie Manalo

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