SSS members who lost jobs to get up to P20,000 cash benefits

Philippine Social Security System (SSS)

Premium-paying members of Social Security System (SSS) who lost their jobs may avail of up to P20,000 cash benefits depending on their monthly salay credit. The agency made this announcement as unemployment rate in the country continue to rise due to Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

In an interview over Unang Hirit program of GMA7, SSS Public Affairs and Special Events Division Head Fernando Nicolas said qualified members only need to submit certification of involuntary separation and a savings account to avail of the cash assistance.

Page 1 of SSS Unemployment Benefits brochure.
Page 1 of SSS Unemployment Benefits brochure.

“Ang kailangan lang nilang i-present ay ‘yung certification galing sa DOLE na sila ay involuntarily separated. Tapos i-present nila ‘yung savings account kung saan natin ide-deposit,” said Nicolas.

For overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), the certification can be requested from the Philippine Overseas Employment Office (POLO), instead of DOLE.

The amount they will receive depends on their monthly salary credit.

SSS Unemployment Benefits brochure.
SSS Unemployment Benefits brochure.

“Up to 20,000 o katumbas po ito ng one month salary credit. Halimbawa, ang isang miyembro ay naghuhulog ng para sa P20,000 monthly salary credit, makakakuha po siya ng ganung halaga,” Nicolas explained.

He added that the unemployment benefit will be received within five days. It will be distributed in two tranches within two months.

Even those who received other cash assistance of the government may be qualified to get the benefits, he added. However, self-employed members are not entitled to avail of such assistance. (With reports from GMA News)

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