Online application for condonation of SSS loan penalties,..SSS eyes 3,000 attendees of Makati coverage event and One month left for OFWs to win cash prizes
Posted on June 21st By sygfredo ibay-sss
Online application for condonation of SSS loan penalties now possible
Social Security System (SSS) members can now apply for condonation of loan penalties through the SSS website to make their availment of the amnesty program faster and more convenient.
SSS Officer-in-Charge Edgar Solilapsi announced that delinquent borrowers who are eligible for the condonation of 80 to 90 percent of their penalties can file their applications atwww.sss.gov.ph.
“We have made it easier for members to apply for penalty condonation by allowing them to file online instead of them going personally to an SSS branch,” Solilapsi noted. “As long as they are already registered SSS website users and they are qualified under Situation 2, they no longer have to submit supporting documents as proof of contribution payments.”
Situation 2 is a category under the Penalty Condonation Program wherein the member-borrower has paid at least three amortizations since the loan take-out and a minimum of three months contributions within the last six months prior to the month of their application to the program. The SSS will write off 90 percent of accrued penalties for member-borrowers who opt to settle the amount due in one full payment, and 80 percent of penalties for those who opt to pay in monthly installments over a one, two or three-year period.
“The online system will automatically inform members if they need to fulfill certain requirements in order to qualify, such as payment of contributions. Those with approved applications will receive an email detailing the amount of payments due under the Condonation Program and other information,” Solilapsi added.
Solilapsi urged members to enroll in the SSS website, which allows registered users online accessibility to their SSS records. The website also enables users to verify their loan balance and eligibility for penalty condonation, without need to go personally to an SSS branch.
“However, member-borrowers who fall under Situations 1a, 1b and 3 must still submit their application forms and other required documents such as pay slips, affidavits and benefit claim forms to their SSS servicing branch,” Solilapsi explained.
Situation 1a is for members whose employers collected but did not remit their loan amortizations to SSS, while 1b covers beneficiaries of deceased members with outstanding loans who will file the death claim within the Program’s availment period of April 2, 2012 to March 31, 2013. On the other hand, Situation 3 is for member-borrowers who will file total disability or retirement claims from April 2 to September 30, 2012. Penalties to be condoned under these three situations range from 50 to 100 percent.
“With online applications up and running, it is now easier for members to avail themselves of the Loan Penalty Condonation Program. They should take advantage of this opportunity to remove the burden of their unpaid loans and to regain their full eligibility to SSS benefits,” enjoined Solilapsi.
SSS eyes 3,000 attendees of Makati coverage event
The Social Security System (SSS) expects an estimated 3,000 attendees of its Information and Coverage Drive this weekend for Makati City residents, especially those from “priority groups” such as informal sector workers, househelpers and self-employed persons.
SSS Officer-in-Charge Edgar Solilapsi said various organizations ranging from transport workers groups to homeowners associations in the city have expressed support for the event, which will be held at the Makati Coliseum on May 19, Saturday, from 8 am to 12 noon.
“Workers with less formal work arrangements are more likely to miss out on active SSS membership. This event will enlighten them on how they and their families can avail themselves of lifetime benefits and SSS privileges like salary and educational loans,” Solilapsi said.
The SSS Makati-JP Rizal branch, which organized the event, will offer on-site services such as issuance of SS numbers and online verification of contributions, loan balances and status of benefit claims and hold an open forum with SSS officials. The gates will open at 8 a.m.
SSS has offices in Gil Puyat Avenue, JP Rizal Street and Ayala Avenue to serve the large transient workforce in Makati City, the country’s business and financial center where many corporations are based, as well as workers in small and medium-scale businesses in the area.
SSS branches in Gil Puyat and Ayala avenues mostly cater to company employees in the central business district. The agency’s JP Rizal office covers 27 out of the 33 barangays in Makati City, including 21 public markets and 18 villages and subdivisions.
“We encourage workers under our jurisdiction to attend this half-day affair, specially those who are informally or self-employed like market vendors, entrepreneurs and driver-operators of tricycles and jeepneys,” SSS Makati-JP Rizal Branch Head Helen Abolencia said.
Among the event’s highlights is an introduction of the “TrikanSSSya” project, an SSS savings scheme for tricycle drivers and operators that the agency piloted in Las Pinas City this year, to encourage the attendees to implement a similar set-up in their own organizations.
Due to the presence of many villages in the area, the JP Rizal branch also plans to attract a significant number of maids, cooks, family drivers and other household employees, who are entitled to mandatory coverage as provided by the Social Security Law, Abolencia said.
One month left for OFWs to win cash prizes, trip home in SSS promo
Overseas Filipino workers have one month left to participate in the Social Security System’s (SSS) Member-Get-Member (MGM) promo for a chance to win cash prizes and a trip back to the Philippines for their active SSS membership and referral of fellow OFWs.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. said OFWs have until June 30 to register for the MGM promo by submitting their applications at SSS branches and foreign offices or through the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph.
“We urge OFW-members to register and make sure they have six monthly contributions from January to June this year to qualify for the Grand Draw in September,” he said.
The Grand Prize is a travel package worth P160,000 inclusive of round-trip economy airfare to Manila from the OFW’s country of deployment; round-trip airfare, airport transfers and four-day hotel accommodation for two in Boracay; and P45,000 pocket money.
The SSS draws nine winners of P10,000 each during monthly raffle draws for January to June 2012. Three winners every month come from OFWs based in Asia, three from the Middle East, and another three from Europe and other parts of the world.
OFWs registered as “nominators” earn entries to the monthly raffle draw every time they and their referred member or “nominee” pay their contributions for the same month. Interested OFWs must have at least one contribution within the last three months to register as nominators.
“Nominators increase their chances of winning for every new or existing member they refer to SSS as their own ‘nominee.’ The nominee must be an OFW with no posted contributions in 2011,” de Quiros noted.
A total of 36 names have been drawn in the monthly raffle draws from January to April. Four of them — Maria Riza Wabinga, Pensees Dawny Figueroa, Elizabeth Fernandez and Aileen Barbosa — have won P10,000 twice due to their high number of successful referrals.
“OFW-nominators can only win once in every monthly raffle draw, but they may win again in the succeeding months. Nominators and nominees who complete six monthly contributions for January to June 2012 automatically qualify for the Grand Draw,” de Quiros said.
Raffle winners for April, which were drawn on May 31, were Merlinda Damaso, Aileen Barbosa and Diana Aniban (Hong Kong); Estela Ala (Oman); Aminola Kadil (Kuwait); Jennylyn Misa (Abu Dhabi); Roberto Mendoza, Maria Michaela Tan and Ma. Arvic Quisaot (London).
Other prizes in the Grand Draw include P30,000 each for two winners (2nd prize); P20,000 each for three winners (3rd prize); P10,000 each for ten winners (consolation prize); and P50,000 and an SSS plaque of appreciation for the OFW with the most number of nominees.
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