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Disability Benefit

The prescriptive period in the filing of disability benefit claim should be ten (10) years from the date of occurance of disability.

There are two types of disability benefit:

Monthly Pension

The amount of the monthly pension will be based on the member's number of paid contributions and the years of membership prior to the semester of disability.

The lowest monthly pension is P1,000 for members with less than 10 credited years of service (CYS); P1,200 with at least 10 CYS; and P2,400 with at least 20 CYS.

  1. Only totally and permanently disabled members will receive a lifetime monthly pension. However, the pension will be suspended if the pensioner recovers from the disability, resumes employment, or fails to report for annual physical examination when notified by the SSS. The member may request for a domiciliary or a home visit if the disability inhibits him/her from reporting for re-examination by the SSS physician at any SSS branch office.

  2. The monthly pension of a partially disabled member is paid up to a certain number of months only, according to the degree of disability. If with deteriorating and related permanent partial disability, the percentage degree of disability of previously granted claim shall be deducted from the percentage degree of disability of the current claim.

  3. The monthly pension is also given in a lump sum if the duration of pension is payable for less than 12 months

In addition to the monthly pension, a supplemental allowance of P500.00 is paid to the total or partial disability pensioner. The allowance will provide additional financial assistance to meet the extra needs arising from the disability.

Total disability pensioners and their legal dependents prior to the effectivity of R.A. 7875 on March 4, 1995 are entitled to hospitalization benefits under PhilHealth. A copy of DDR Print-out indicating the type of claim is disability in nature and the effectivity date of pension or a Copy of Disability-Pensioner Certification, shall be submitted. Total disabled pensioners upon the effectivity of R.A. 7875 on March 4, 1995 and thereafter, are no longer covered except when they have accumulated one hundred twenty (120) Medicare monthly contributions and have reached age sixty (60).

However, those who wish to avail of PhilHealth benefits may enroll in the Individually-Paying Program (for voluntary/self-employed) or the Indigent Program (IP) of PhilHealth.

The dependent legitimate, legitimated, legally adopted and illegitimate children, conceived on or before the date of contingency of a totally disabled pensioner will each receive a dependent's allowance equivalent to 10 percent of the member's pension, or P250, whichever is higher.

Only five minor children, beginning from the youngest are entitled to the dependent's allowance. No substitution is allowed. When there are both legitimate and illegitimate minor children, the legitimate, legitimated or legally adopted ones will be preferred.

The minor children of a partially disabled pensioner are not entitled to the dependent's allowance.

The dependent's allowance stops when the child reaches 21 years old, gets married, gets employed, or dies. However, the dependent's allowance is granted for life to children who are over 21 years old, provided, they are incapacitated and incapable of self-support due to physical or mental defect which is congenital or acquired during minority.

The monthly pension is paid thru the member's designated bank. He is allowed to choose the bank nearest his residence thru which he wishes to receive his pension benefits under the "Mag-impok sa Bangko" program. This became mandatory effective September 1, 1993.

A member must open a single saving account and must submit to the SSS his savings account number and a photocopy of his passbook upon filing of his application. The original copy of the passbook must be presented for authentication purposes.

Upon approval of the claim, the SSS will mail a notice-voucher to the claimant when to withdraw the benefit from the bank.

Lump Sum Amount

For permanent total disability, the lump sum benefit is equivalent to the monthly pension times the number of monthly contributions paid to the SSS or twelve (12) times the monthly pension, whichever is higher.

For permanent partial disability, the lump sum is equivalent to the monthly pension times the number of monthly contributions times the percentage of disability in relation to the whole body or the monthly pension times 12 times the percentage of disability, whichever is higher.