SSS, handang ipagpaliban ang dagdag-kontribusyon para sa taong 2021

Robie de Guzman   •   January 5, 2021   •   552

MANILA, Philippines – Handang ipagpaliban ng Social Security System (SSS) ang paniningil ng dagdag-kontribusyon sa mga miyembro nito para sa taong 2021, kasunod ng mga panawagan at batikos ng iba’t ibang grupo sa gitna ng nararanasang krisis pangkalusugan.

Ayon kay SSS President/CEO Aurora Ignacio, ipinaiiral na nila ang umento sa kontribusyon alinsunod sa itinatakda ng Republic Act 11199 o ang Social Security Act.

Mula sa dating 12%, itinaas na sa 13% ang antas ng kontribusyon ngayong taon.

Layunin nito na mapahaba ang buhay ng pondo ng SSS at umabot hanggang taong 2054.

Subalit kung ipag-uutos ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte o kaya ay magpasa ng batas ang Kongreso, sinabi ni Ignacio na handa silang ipagpaliban ang implementasyon nito.

“Marami naman talaga kaming plano na ibigay na benefits ngayon pati yung projected contribution pero kung yan po ay isasabatas o imamandato sa amin ng Palasyo at Presidente, kami po ay susunod,” ang pahayag ni Ignacio.

Bagaman naiintindihan nila ang hirap na nararanasan ng maraming Pilipino na nawalan ng trabaho at nalugi ang negosyo dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic, iginiit ng ahensiya na mahalagang maipatupad ang dagdag-kontribusyon upang maibigay ang karampatang benepisyo at pension sa mga miyembro.

“Madami din naman ang nawalan ng trabaho or nagkaroon ng businesses na nagbawas ng tao. Kung ito, apektado rin ang SSS na nabawasan ang contribution na natanggap namin pero ‘yun po kasing benefits ay hindi nababawasan ito ay lalo pang nadadagdagan dahil kailangan ito ng mga miyembro natin kaya karamihan sa kanila ay nag-a-avail ng benefits ngayon lalo na yung calamity loan na binigay natin last 2020,” ani Ignacio.

Noong Lunes ng gabi, iniutos ng pangulo ang pagpapaliban sa pagpapatupad ng dagdag-kontribusyon ng Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth) kasabay ng pangakong hahanap ng paraan ang pamahalaan para mapunan ang pondo ng ahensiya.

Gayunman, hindi nito binanggit kung may plano rin siyang suspindihin ang SSS contribution increase ngayong taon. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Joan Nano)

SSS extends deadline of remittance of February contributions for members in NCR Plus

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) has extended the deadline of remittance of member contributions for February 2021.

Instead of the earlier deadline which is March 31, the agency opted to give employers until April 30 to remit the contributions of their employees for the month of February.

The adjustment, however, applies only to regular employees of the National Capital Region (NCR), Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal or areas under NCR Plus.

Said extension is in compliance with Circular number 2021-002 signed by SSS President and CEO Aurora Ignacio in relation to the implementation of enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) and modified enhanced community quarantine (MGCQ) in NCR Plus.

Thus, employers whose businesses are located in NCR Plus and whose installment proposals have been approved are given until April 30 to deposit their respective post-dated checks bearing the March 2021 due dates.

For household employers, self-employed, voluntary, and non-working spouses, as well as land-based overseas Filipino workers who are members of SSS, should follow the regular remittance schedule stated in Circular Number 2019-012.

For complete information, members may check the SSS official Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/SSSPh

SSS Call Center temporarily out of service

Marje Pelayo   •   March 10, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System (SSS) announced that its call center hotline is temporarily out of service to give way to the line migration of the agency’s CRMS voice system between PLDT and Globe.

The following numbers that temporarily unavailable:

  • (02) 8920-6446 – 6455
  • (02) 7917-7777 – IVRS Hotline

Nonetheless, the agency’s other lines remain open for inquiry specifically the SSS Hotline Number 81455 for landline users and 1455 for cellphone or mobile users.

Likewise, inquiries may be endorsed through Toll Free Numbers 1-800-10-225-5777 or send the message to the agency’s email address – members_relation@sss.gov.ph.

The public may also check the complete list of inquiry numbers through the SSS official Facebook page and other official accounts.

Senate OKs bill granting presidential powers to defer SSS contribution hike

Robie de Guzman   •   February 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Senate has approved on third and final reading a bill seeking to grant the President limited power to postpone increases in the Social Security System (SSS) contributions for six months in times of national emergency or calamity.

The Senate Bill 2027 was passed on Monday after receiving 21 affirmative votes from senators. It was sponsored by Sen. Richard Gordon, chairperson of the Committee on Government Corporations and Public Enterprises.

Under the measure, the President, upon the recommendation of the Social Security Commission, may suspend the scheduled increase for six months and may extend the deferment for another six months for a total of one year.

The bill seeks to amend section 4(a)(9) of Republic Act No. 11199, also known as the “Social Security Act of 2018,” which allows the Social Security Commission, the governing body of the SSS, to implement the contribution rate increase.

Under Sec. 4(a)(9) of Republic Act (RA) No. 11199, a one percent contribution increase will be imposed on SSS members every two years starting 2019 until 2025.

This means that from a contribution rate of 12 percent in 2020, contribution rate will increase to 13 percent beginning January 2021.

Gordon, also one of the bill’s authors, pointed out that having the mandated contribution increase under RA 11199 is not timely because of the continuing hardship brought about by COVID-19 pandemic to the people and to the business sector.

“This bill seeks to provide the people with flexibility to adapt to the pandemic by empowering the President to temporarily suspend or defend the increase in contributions scheduled under RA 11199, so that the people will be able to have financial breathing space to be able to adjust to the on-going National Emergency,” Gordon said in a statement.

The bill also states that other scheduled contribution rates and the monthly salary credits shall continue to be valid and effective, provided that no changes in the implementing rules or administrative procedures would be introduced by the Social Security Commission that will defer the disbursement of benefits.

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