SSS releases P391 million in unemployment benefits

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The Social Security System said that P391.28 million worth of unemployment benefits were released amid the coronavirus disease pandemic.

Bulk of the disbursement was recorded in Luzon with P143.60 million, followed by the National Capital Region, Mindanao, and the Visayas with P102.71 million, P86.43 million, and P58.54 million, respectively, its press release said.

SSS president and chief executive officer, Aurora Ignacio, said that 29,413 unemployment benefit applications were approved from March 17 to August 11, and it released an average amount of cash benefit equivalent to P13,303.

“In support of our members who became jobless in these difficult times, SSS will continue to accept online applications so that we can immediately respond to their needs in times of contingencies such as during this pandemic. We also encourage them to create their own My.SSS account through registration at the SSS website to proceed with their applications,” Ignacio said.

Members are also required to register their bank accounts in their My.SSS accounts through the Bank Enrollment Module 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.

To submit their unemployment benefit application, 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, the date and reason of involuntary separation, as well as the employer’s name where they were separated, the press release added.

For further queries, members may call the SSS hotline at 1455, or follow the official Facebook page, “Philippine Social Security System”, Instagram Account “Mysssph”, or Twitter Feed “PHLSSS”.*

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