SSS publishes P3.7-B funeral benefits in 2020 – Manila Bulletin
The social security system (SSS) released 3.07 billion pesos in funeral benefits to more than 135,000 beneficiaries in 2020.
Over the years, the state-run insurance program registered 3.58 billion pesos for 163,589 members in 2016; 3.79 billion pesos to 170,358 members in 2017; P3.91 billion to 175,024 members in 2018; and 4.23 billion pesos in 2019 to 186,730 members.
SSS President and CEO Aurora C. Ignacio said on Tuesday, May 25 that the 27% drop in funeral benefit payments was due to the nationwide implementation of the community quarantine since March 2020, which prohibits the movement of members in transaction of various government agents, including SSS.
“Since COVID-19 is a global pandemic, precautionary measures are strictly implemented in our branches, such as wearing face masks, face shields, making a health declaration and maintaining the social distancing, ”Ignacio said.
SSS has also implemented a system for coding numbers and submitting claims for benefits through the filing system.
“In accordance with the guidelines of the Civil Service Commission (CSC), only 50 to 70% of our workforce has been deployed in our offices, while some benefit from Alternative Work Modes (AWA) to protect our employees and customers from transactions against the virus. Also, the majority of our members have postponed their personal visits to our branches for fear of being exposed to COVID-19, while some are still waiting for the availability of their supporting documents too, hence the drop in disbursements, ”added Ignacio.
The SSS funeral grant is a cash grant given to anyone who has paid for the burial costs of the deceased member, from a minimum amount of P20,000 to a maximum of P40,000 depending on contributions paid up to 2015.
Members of the SSS must submit their application for funeral benefits online via My.SSS.
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