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120K SSS members get expanded maternity benefits

MANILA, June 28, 2019–More than 122,000 members of the Social Security System (SSS) enjoyed the benefits of the Expanded Maternity Leave Law from January to April 2019.

SSS President Aurora Ignacio said a total of 122,571 female members qualified for expanded benefits. “Those who gave birth starting March 11, 2019 when the 105 day-expanded maternity leave law (Republic Act 11210) took effect have benefited from the longer period of recuperation, after giving birth, and a longer time to take care of their newborns,” she said.

Ignacio revealed that by January 2020, the maximum maternity financial assistance from the state-run pension fund would jump to P70,000, “more than double the previous maternity benefit of PHP32,000.”

She noted that the SSS had paid PP2.67 billion in maternity benefits during the first four bmonths of 2019, a significant jump of 15.09 percent from P2.32 billion in the same period last year.

Ignacio clarified that employers who had made advance payments for the maternity benefit adjustment must submit to SSS proof of advance payment, with their letter-request for adjustment and a photocopy of the solo parent ID.

“For self-employed, voluntary members, OFW workers, members separated from employment — payment of differential shall be made through banks or through checks as the case maybe.”

The Social Security Act of 2018, also known as the new SSS Law or RA 11199, provides not only the expanded maternity benefit, but also assistance for six other categories: sickness, disability, retirement, funeral, death or survivor pension and unemployment. (JojoMangahis/PacificTimes)

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