|SSS membership tally now more than 40 million, advises use of digital systems to serve more members
The Social Security System (SSS) announced that there are 40.49 million covered members as of April 2021, allowing it to expand social security protection services to more individuals, particularly in times of contingencies.
About 76 percent or 30.77 million are employed members, while 5.03 million are voluntary paying members, 3.35 million are self-employed members, and 1.34 million are Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) members.
Actively paying members are allowed to claim benefits for sickness, maternity, disability, unemployment, retirement, death, and funeral. They are also qualified to avail of various loan program offerings for salary, calamity, educational, and social development, while retiree pensioners can apply for a pension loan.
To become an SSS member, an applicant must obtain a Social Security (SS) Number through the My.SSS Portal on the website www.sss.gov.ph or through the SSS Mobile App.
For an SS number to be permanent and to avail of various SSS benefits and privileges, new members are required to upload supporting documents like the PSA-certified birth certificate, marriage contract (if married), or baptismal certificate (if with children) in the online SS number application in the SSS Website.
"We also enhanced the online application of SS numbers so that members don?t have to personally visit our branches to submit the supporting documents. Aside from that, they can also submit requests for simple corrections and upload required documents through their My.SSS account for the number to be permanent," added Ignacio.
"The convenience and comfort brought by our online and mobile platforms are the main reasons non-members apply for SSS coverage. Aside from obtaining an SS number, members and employers may skip long queues in branches as the majority of services such as benefit and loan applications, contribution payments, Payment Reference Number (PRN) generation, updating of membership information, as well as viewing of contribution, loan records, and loan and benefit claim status can now be done via My.SSS and Mobile App," added Ignacio.