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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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More than 300 distressed OFW take shelter in PH Embassy in Dubai

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – The Philippine Embassy in Dubai is currently taking custody of more than 300 distressed Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW).

Almost all of them are holders of either visit or tourist visa who took a chance of looking for a job in Dubai.

Some of them are victims of illegal recruiters. Some had a job but their contracts have expired so there are overstays. Some quit their jobs because of health reasons and had no choice but to run to the Embassy for support.

“Naging polisiya naman ng ating konsulado na kung may kababaihan na nangangailangan ng tulong at pagkalinga or shelter, (It has been the policy of our Consulate to assist our kababayans especially the women if they need help or shelter,) then our office or POLO center is open to assist them anytime,” noted Labor Attaché II Felicitas Bay.

“Ang ating operations dito (ay) 24 hours, (We operate 24 hours a day,)” she added.

Wards at POLO Center can only accommodate up to 120 individuals but because of the influx of distressed OFWs, hallways and some of the staff offices have been turned into bedrooms.

“In the meantime, na nandito sila gumagawa naman kami ng paraan to solve their cases, (In the meantime while they’re here, we find ways to solve their cases,)” the POLO Official said.

“At the same time, gumagawa din tayo ng paraan na (maging) maganda ang kanilang kalusugan, maganda ang kanilang pananaw sa buhay, at maganda rin ang kanilang kaalaman, (We are finding ways to care for their health, to change their perspective in life and equip them with the knowledge they need,)” she added.

On June 23, 23 distressed OFWs were repatriated to the Philippines with the help of the Embassy.

While the OFWs are in the POLO Center, the Labor office is providing them training on how to put up their businesses once they return to the Philippines. – with reports from Annabelle Maravilla / UNTV Dubai

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SSS urges delinquent employers to settle unpaid premiums until Sept. 1

by Marje Pelayo   |   Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System (SSS) reminds all delinquent employers to settle unpaid premiums of their employees as soon as possible.

The agency said delinquent employers are given the chance to settle delinquent contributions through the Contribution Penalty Condonation Program which runs only until September 1, 2019.

The penalty condonation for delinquent contributions, as provided by law, provides assistance to employers even household employers to comply with the SSS Act of 2018.

After the given period, employers who will continue to violate the SSS law will be fined with larger penalties or face imprisonment for ignoring their mandatory obligations under the SSS Law.

According to SSS President and CEO Aurora Ignacio, there are still more than 115,000 delinquent employers who should avail of the program for unpaid premiums based on the agency’s established collectibles.

Ignacio said, if all of the said delinquent employers would settle their unpaid obligations, more than 1.4 million employees would be able to maximize their benefits and privileges as members.

Interested employers are urged to submit their letters of intent to the nearest SSS branch as soon as possible.

Those who are willing to pay their contribution delinquency in full should wait for the branch approval.

Meanwhile, those who wish to settle through installment should submit a proposal to the SSS branch.

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DFA: Hunt on for Kuwaiti cop accused of raping Filipina worker

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Wednesday assured it is now working with Kuwaiti authorities for the arrest of a police officer accused of raping a Filipina worker in Kuwait.

“The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), through the Philippine Embassy in Kuwait, is closely coordinating with Kuwaiti authorities for the speedy arrest of the suspect in the rape case involving a Filipina household service worker in Kuwait,” the agency said in a statement.

The suspect was identified as Fayed Naser Hamad Alajmy, 22.

According to Embassy Chargé d’Affaires Mohd Noordin Lomondot, Alajmy was identified as the one who assisted the Filipina worker for finger scanning registration at the airport when she arrived in Kuwait on June 4.

It was alleged that Alajmy later kidnapped and assaulted the victim.

Lomondot said a warrant of arrest has already been issued against the suspect.

The OFW’s employer is also cooperating with the embassy and local authorities in connection with the case.

“The Philippine Government will exert all efforts to ensure that justice is served,” the DFA said.

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