RETIREE-pensioners of the Social Security System (SSS) are no longer required to report to the agency
for the six-year-old Annual Confirmation of Pensioners Program (ACOP).
Instead, the SSS, led by president and chief executive officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, is conducting
a verification procedure to confirm if a retiree-pensioner is still alive and entitled to benefits.
“In fulfillment of our duty to bring better quality services to our pensioners, we are glad to
announce that retiree-pensioners…are no longer required to go to any SSS branch on their birth month
for the ACOP,” said Dooc.
Dooc was quick to emphasize, however, that only 58.64 percent of the 2.3 million pensioners as
of end-September 2017 will benefit from the removal of the ACOP compliance requirement.
Only retiree-pensioners who live in the Philippines are not required to go to any SSS branch
on their birth month for the annual confirmation of pensioners program, according to DOOC.
And all retirees residing outside this impoverished Third World country, total disability,
survivor pensioners and dependent children and their guardian are required to comply with ACOP.
Likewise, pensioners who are 85 years old and above are still required to report for the ACOP.
If they cannot report due to sickness or injury, a home visit by SSS employees will be made.
Implemented in 2012, ACOP requires pensioners to annually report to SSS offices across the
country to ensure the continuous payment of their monthly pension and other benefits.
In the view of some quarters, including retiree-pensioners themselves in far-flung communities
throughout the country, SSS authorities should have done it earlier.
But as the saying goes, it is better late than never. Talagang magandang balita ito para sa
mga pensionado ng SSS.