The Social Security System (SSS) said it approved more than 4,300 unemployment benefit applications that were filed online since it announced the new procedure, its press release said.
From June 22 to July 6, 2020, we already released an initial P59.80 million worth of unemployment benefits to 4,392 qualified members who submitted their online application thru their My.SSS accounts. We expect that these figures will continue to increase as more companies announced retrenchment and closure of businesses due to the pandemic crisis, SSS president and chief executive officer Aurora Ignacio said.
The highest number of online applicants came from Luzon with 1,697, followed by the National Capital Region with 972 applicants, Visayas with 894 applicants, and 822 applicants from Mindanao.
Unemployment benefit is equivalent to half of their average monthly salary credit for a maximum of two months. The cash benefit ranges from the minimum amount of P1,200 up to the maximum amount of P16,800, if involuntary separated in July 2020.
For further queries, members may call the SSS hotline at 1455 or the Interactive Voice Response System facility at 7917-7777. They may also follow the official Facebook page, “Philippine Social Security System,” Instagram Account “Mysssph,” or Twitter Feed “PHLSSS” for more information, the press release added.
Before submitting an unemployment benefit application online, members should have their own My.SSS account through registration at the SSS website. The disbursement account should also be registered in their My.SSS accounts through Bank Enrollment Module (BEM) and proceed to the E-services tab and click Bank Enrollment. From there, members can select their preferred PESONet participating bank, e-wallet, or RTC/CPO and enter their correct bank account number or mobile number, the press release said.
Upon successful registration, members should log in to My.SSS account and click “apply for the unemployment benefit claim” under the E-Services tab. Members must provide all the information, such as their active savings account enrolled in the BEM, employment category, date and reason of involuntary separation, and the employer’s name where they were separated, it added.*