The Social Security System recorded P6.23 billion in disbursements for disability benefits in 2020, lower by 12.6 percent from the previous year, and covered payouts to 118,755 beneficiaries.
SSS president and chief executive officer, Aurora Ignacio, attributed the decrease to the limited mobility of members and pensioners since March 2020, when the government implemented strict community quarantine throughout the country.
“We facilitated the use of the drop-box system to minimize face-to-face transactions to curb the spread of the Covid-19 virus. Our top priority is the health and safety of our transacting members and our employees,” Ignacio said in a press release furnished to the Daily STAR.
“We have pushed for the digitalization of all our services amid the pandemic. However, we are already working on disability and death benefits to be included in the pipeline soon for the safety and convenience of our members,” she added.
There are around 25 online services available at the My.SSS portal. In addition to online applications for calamity loan, pension loan, retirement benefit subject to qualifying conditions for online filing, unemployment benefit, and funeral claim, members may also submit their requests for Member Data Change for simple corrections, while employers can submit the sickness benefit reimbursement applications of their employees.
Members and employers can also get a Real-Time Processing of Loans Payment Reference Number (RTPL-PRN), which will be mandatorily implemented starting May 1, 2021, benefit re-disbursement module, and improved disbursement account enrollment module.
They can also access other virtual services, including viewing contribution and loan records, and inquire on the status of their benefit claims and eligibility for benefit programs, among others. This information may also be accessed using the SSS Mobile App and Text-SSS, the press release said.
Members can also view their membership information, list of PRN payments, addresses of SSS branches, file for salary loans, submit maternity notifications for self-employed, voluntary, and overseas Filipino worker members, generate PRNs for contributions, and update their contact information through the My.SSS Portal and SSS Mobile App.*