SAN JOSE, Antique, July 13 (PIA) – Various topics on membership, benefits and contributions under the Social Security System (SSS) were tackled during the Sulit Barangay Forum recently held in Guintas, Hamtic.
Manager Phillip M. Lucero, who spoke to over a hundred residents from Barangays Guintas, Pu-ao and Funda, encouraged the participants to apply for membership in order to avail of SSS benefits.
He emphasized that voluntary-paying, self-employed and employed members have the same benefits such as maternity, disability, sickness, death, funeral and retirement.
PIA Manager Vicente W. Villavert on his part enjoined the participants to share the information they have learned in the forum to their family members and other people to motivate them to be SSS members.
As of December 2017, SSS total members reached 36.1 million. Of the figure, 26.1 million are employed, 4.4 million are self-employed, 4.2 million are voluntary paying and 1.4 million are Overseas Filipino Workers.
Other programs and services of SSS were discussed by Buena Suerte Gauran while Information Officer Rosa Mina Eusebio also took her turn in answering some questions during the open forum.
Gauran emphasized that a member needs to complete the 120 months of contributions to avail of the retirement benefit at age 60, but for death and funeral grant, contribution required is only one month.
Sickness benefit requires at least three months of contribution, which is the same with maternity benefit for female workers that needs at least three qualifying contributions.
Members are likewise encouraged to visit the office of SSS so their concerns will be responded to properly especially when online verification is needed.
The Sulit Barangay Forum, spearheaded by SSS and the PIA Antique Information Center, was conducted as part of the advocacy campaign which aims to increase awareness and understanding on the various programs and services of SSS.
Villavert thanked the support of the barangay officials of Guintas, Pu-ao and Funda, Hamtic for their initiatives to bring the services of government closer to their community. (LTP/PSM/PIA-Antique)
Source: PIA Feed