THE Social Security System (SSS) has announced that voluntary and self-employed female members can now use the Text-SSS facility in submitting maternity notifications for continuous and better service from SSS.
SSS president and chief executive Emmanuel F. Dooc said with the Text-SSS facility, individually-paying members have another way of notifying SSS about their pregnancy aside from the current practice of submitting maternity notifications directly to any SSS branch.
“With just one text away, expecting mothers can now inform SSS of their pregnancy. It is more convenient for them since they no longer need to go to SSS personally to comply with the notification requirement,” said Dooc.
Dooc added that members will not be required initially to submit a proof of pregnancy when notifying the SSS using the facility. However, the proof of pregnancy must be submitted to SSS by the member once she applies for reimbursement of her maternity benefit.
He stressed that maternity notification via Text-SSS is exclusive to individually paying members for now, and that employed members must still notify the SSS through their employers.
Submission of the maternity notification via text message should be in the following format: SSS MATERNITYNOTIF to be sent to 2600.
Each text costs P2.50 for Globe /Touch Mobile and smart subscribers and P2.00 for Sun Cellular subscribers. The member will receive a confirmation if the maternity notification is successfully received by SSS.
“Text-SSS and online facilities are our answer to the growing need of members for a more convenient and accessible means of transacting with SSS for their maternity claims. Rest assured that SSS will also devise more friendly means for other benefits,” said Dooc.