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FAST FACTS: What is the SSS unemployment benefit?

Mar 14, 2020 - 11:57 AM

The Social Security System says they are ‘prepared’ to give benefits to employees laid off due to novel coronavirus

OFWs run to Supreme Court to contest mandatory SSS contributions

Aug 27, 2019 - 1:48 PM

Unlike Philippine-based workers whose employers shoulder part of their SSS contributions, overseas workers have to pay the entire amount even before they go abroad

SSS CONTRIBUTIONS. Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) contest new law provisions making SSS contributions mandatory for land-based overseas workers. File photo from Agence France-Presse

SSS runs after delinquent employers in Legazpi City

Aug 02, 2019 - 11:04 AM

Legazpi City was the latest stop in the nationwide Run After Contribution Evaders operations of the SSS

NON-COMPLIANT. SSS Acting Vice President for Operations Legal Services Division I and II Renato Jacinto S. Cuisia posts a show cause order outside a non-compliant business establishment in Legazpi, Albay. Photo by Mavic Conde

Aurora Ignacio appointed Social Security System president

Apr 01, 2019 - 11:29 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte taps a former Malacañang assistant secretary and Social Security Commission chairperson as the new SSS head

Emmanuel Dooc resigns as SSS president

Mar 06, 2019 - 2:38 PM

Emmanuel Dooc says the newly-amended SSS Charter means his term as SSS president 'automatically' expires

Duterte approves law overhauling SSS charter

Feb 15, 2019 - 9:26 PM

The law is meant to protect and increase the SSS fund, the source of pension for Filipinos

NEW LAW. Duterte signs a law meant to ensure the longterm viability of the SSS fund, which will supply Filipinos with their pension when they retire. Duterte file photo from Malacañang, SSS file photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

Bicam approves bill to overhaul SSS Charter, expand powers

Oct 09, 2018 - 2:42 PM

Senator Richard Gordon, one of the bill authors, says the passage of Senate Bill 1753 would 'expand, protect and increase the SSS fund so that when the time comes, there would be available pension for the people'

Labor group accuses Calida firm of nonpayment of SSS premiums

Jul 01, 2018 - 10:30 PM

(UPDATED) Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency, owned by Solicitor General Jose Calida's family, says the allegations made by ALU-TUCP are 'utterly false'

NON-PAYMENT. Labor group Associated Labor Unions-Trade Union Congress of the Philippines said Vigilant Investigative and Security Agency has not been paying its employee's Social Security System remittances for years.

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[OPINION] How Duterte endangers your retirement

May 24, 2018 - 10:30 AM

All in all, the yawning gaps of the country’s social pension system require bold, comprehensive, and forward-thinking solutions like universal social pension – not simplistic, superficial, and short-sighted ones like Duterte’s pension hike

Concerns over State Insurance Fund's sustainability after pension benefits hike

May 12, 2018 - 3:20 PM

Labor group Sentro raises questions on the sustainability of the State Insurance Fund after President Rodrigo Duterte signed an executive order raising pension benefits of disabled workers

PENSION BENEFITS. A labor group raises concerns over the newly signed executive order increasing pension benefits.

Duterte signs executive order increasing disabled workers' pensions

May 10, 2018 - 8:33 PM

Executive Order 54 provides a P1,150 across-the-board increase for all permanent disability pensioners in the private sector, as well as qualified beneficiaries in the public sector

INCREASE. Disabled workers will receive higher compensation benefits.

Sacked SSS executive appointed tourism undersecretary

Apr 25, 2018 - 2:10 PM

Pompee La Viña, whose term as SSS commissioner was not renewed due to alleged 'abuse' of public funds, is appointed by President Rodrigo Duterte to another post

FIRED. Former SSS commissioner Pompee La Viña is the latest official to be fired in President Rodrigo Duterte's anti-corruption  campaign. Screenshot from the Facebook of Pompee La Vina

SSS serves show cause orders to contribution evaders in Lipa

Mar 09, 2018 - 7:57 PM

The SSS campaign in Batangas 'is just the first of the many regional campaigns we will be doing for the whole year. We want to track down delinquent employers not only in Metro Manila but also in the provinces,' says SSS President Emmanuel F. Dooc.

RUN AFTER CONTRIBUTION EVADERS. The Social Security System (SSS) on Friday conducted its first regional Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) Campaign against more than 50 stores located at a shopping mall in Lipa City in Batangas.

Sacked SSS exec 'demanded' P26-M budget for social media project

Feb 17, 2018 - 6:27 PM

Malacañang bares 4 grounds for sacking SSS Commissioner Jose Gabriel 'Pompee' La Viña, including embarking on a 'vilification campaign against 4 SSS executives who crossed his path'

FIRED. Former SSS commissioner Jose Gabriel “Pompee” La Viña is the latest to be fired by President Rodrigo Duterte in his 'whiff of corruption' cleansing campaign.

Duterte claims SSS execs Valdez, La Viña abused public funds

Feb 13, 2018 - 7:15 PM

'The president is replacing them (Valdez and La Viña) because he thinks the SSS will be more efficient if there is no rift in the SSS board,' says Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, during a meeting with the local chief executives from Visayas and Mindanao at the Radisson Blu Hotel in Cebu City on February 12, 2018, tells the chief executives to inform him should they need assistance with their governance. Malacañang Photo

Duterte fires SSS chairman Valdez and commissioner La Viña

Feb 12, 2018 - 12:12 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte did not renew the terms of Social Security Sysytem chairman Amado Valdez and Commissioner Pompee La Viña

NOT RENEWED. Malacañang did not renew the terms of office of SSS Chair Amado Valdez and Commissioner Pompee La Viña. Screenshot from Facebook of Pompee La Viña.

COA holds SSS President Dooc liable for crashing office car

Nov 19, 2017 - 5:25 PM

Emmanuel Dooc is found negligent for dozing off behind the wheel of his government-issued car in 2015, when he still headed the Insurance Commission

GOVERNMENT CAR. The Commission on Audit makes SSS president accountable for crashing his government car.

GSIS, SSS have biggest undistributed collections – COA

Nov 16, 2017 - 1:15 PM

GSIS has undistributed collections totaling P11.51 billion in 2016, while the SSS has P1.135 billion

SSS eyes benefits for unemployed in proposed charter amendment

Nov 05, 2017 - 10:45 PM

SSS Chairman Amado Valdez says they are studying the creation of an insurance program for Filipinos who are unemployed through no fault of their own

UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS. SSS says its aims to provide the necessary benefits to cover for situations where no employment is available. Rappler file photo

Lawmaker wants NBI, Ombudsman probe into SSS execs

Nov 01, 2017 - 4:18 PM

Makati City Representative Luis Campos Jr. wants the NBI, Ombudsman, and PSE to conduct its own probe into allegations that SSS executives used their posts to make personal profits in the stock market

SSS CONTROVERSY. Top officials of SSS are accused of using their jobs to make personal profit. File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

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Oct 31, 2017 - 8:25 PM

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Rappler Talk: Is pension for all possible?

Oct 06, 2017 - 9:59 AM

How can the Philippine government implement a universal social pension?

4 in 10 senior citizens still have no access to pension – COSE

Oct 05, 2017 - 12:20 PM

Advocates and lawmakers call for the passage of a measure that seeks to establish a universal social pension system for Filipino elderly

STILL WORKING. Senior citizen Arturo Fabular continues to sell ice cream daily to sustain his family's needs.

Film workers to receive SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig benefits via FDCP

Aug 04, 2017 - 3:29 PM

The FDCP s registry will allow film workers access to basic social services as well as job and learning opportunities

LIZA DIÑO. An impassioned FDCP chair at the kick off of the Pista ng Pelikulang Pilipino. Photo by Martin San Diego/ Rappler

Duterte orders P10,000-increase in workers' funeral benefits

Jul 19, 2017 - 4:43 PM

Studies by the SSS and GSIS show the increase will not affect the stability of the State Insurance Fund

SSS collections rise to over P52 billion from January to April

Jun 26, 2017 - 12:10 AM

The pension fund says the increase was mainly driven by efforts to run after delinquent employers

INCREASES. Collections for the month of January translated the highest growth at 13.9% to P13.55 billion followed by the performance on the month of February at 12% growth to P12.86 billon. Rappler file photo

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Palace OKs release of P1,000 additional SSS pension

Feb 22, 2017 - 2:22 PM

SSS releases the schedule of payments for January to March 2017 The P1 000 increase will be incorporated in the regular pension starting April

PENSION HIKE. Anakpawis Partylist leads a protest rally in front of the SSS main office along East Ave. in Quezon City Friday to demand the immediate implementation of a P2,000 pension increase. Photo by Darren Langit

Pension for all seniors to lift 3 million out of poverty – study

Feb 19, 2017 - 5:55 PM

A study says providing a universal social pension of P1 500 for Filipinos 60 and above would cost the government P143 97 billion or 4 80 of its expenditures

PENSION FOR ALL. A study shows that providing social pension for all senior citizens would only amount 4.8% of government expenditure. Rappler file photo

House OKs bill allowing SSS contribution hike without Palace approval

Jan 16, 2017 - 7:50 PM

Congressmen also approve the joint resolution seeking a P2 000 across the board pension increase for SSS members

BUSY FIRST DAY. The House of Representatives reopens session on January 16 after taking a month-long Christmas break. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

Duterte to push through with SSS contribution hike by May

Jan 12, 2017 - 2:23 PM

Palace Communications Secretary Martin Andanar says the President has weighed the pros and cons of the issue

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Drilon: SSS contribution hike 'illegal'

Jan 11, 2017 - 3:28 PM

Citing Republic Act 8282 Senate President Pro Tempore Franklin Drilon says the SSS cannot recommend an increase in benefits that require a corresponding increase in contribution

NO TO SSS PREMIUM HIKE. Senate President Pro-Tempore Franklin Drilon and Senator Paolo Benigno Aquino IV question the planned increase in SSS monthly contributions starting May 2017. Drilon photo by Joseph Vidal/Senate PRIB. Aquino photo by Office of Senator Aquino

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Duterte approves P1,000-SSS pension hike this year

Jan 10, 2017 - 4:15 PM

UPDATED President Rodrigo Duterte grants half of the pension hike proposed in Congress The other half is projected to be given by 2022 subject to conditions

TOUGH DECISION President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his decision on the proposed Social Security System pension hike. File photo from Presidential Photo

Why raising SSS pensions isn't that simple

Jan 07, 2017 - 4:39 PM

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Diokno on SSS hike: 'Candidate Duterte different from Pres Duterte'

Jan 03, 2017 - 3:20 PM

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno also calls out the SSS Board of Trustees for passing the buck to President Rodrigo Duterte on the proposed pension hike

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Duterte poised to reject SSS pension hike

Jan 01, 2017 - 3:15 PM

I promised that it would come your way before the year ends I’m very sorry but that’s how it is I do not own the money says President Rodrigo Duterte

Duterte still undecided on proposed SSS pension hike

Dec 30, 2016 - 9:00 AM

President Rodrigo Duterte says at least two Cabinet officials are firmly opposed to the proposal fearing bankruptcy of the state run insurance agency

MULLING PROPOSAL. President Rodrigo Duterte is still studying proposals for a pension hike for SSS members. Photo by Jansen Romero/Rappler

House of Representatives: 10 biggest moments in 2016

Dec 22, 2016 - 10:30 AM

From congressmen in near fistfight to the hours long drama of the Bilibid drugs probe here are the top newsmakers at the House of Representatives in 2016

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Ahead of SSS move, Senate approves P1,000 pension hike

Dec 14, 2016 - 8:51 PM

The chamber adopts the resolution in anticipation of the release of the fund which the SSS has scheduled before yearend anyway

RESOLUTION. The Senate rushed the approval of the resolution for the immediate release of the first tranche of the P1,000 SSS pension hike this December.

Duterte names new SSS president

Nov 17, 2016 - 1:59 PM

Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc is a champion of mandatory disaster insurance coverage for households and small businesses

File photo of Insurance Commissioner Emmanuel Dooc

House panel approves P2,000 SSS pension hike

Nov 15, 2016 - 4:45 PM

If the increase eventually gets final approval SSS Chairman Amado Valdez says they can only implement it in two tranches with the first P1 000 given by January 2017

PENSION HIKE APPROVED. SSS chairperson Amado Valdez and House panel on government enterprises and privatization chairperson Jesus Sacdalan talk to reporters on November 15. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler