The Social Security System (SSS) announced that they will include self-employed members who are 60 to 64 years old in the mandatory online filing of retirement benefit claims through the My.SSS Portal starting July 1.
As per a statement released on June 24, this is in addition to all employee-members, voluntary members, land-based Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) members, and self-employed members aged 65 years old and above at the time of retirement who were required to file online effective July 2020.
“As early as 2015, we have made this online facility available to our members who have reached their technical retirement age of 65 years old. With the onset of the pandemic, we have continuously enhanced this online facility to provide our members with a simpler and more convenient mode of application without physically going to our branches,” said SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Regino.
It can be done by accessing their My.SSS account, clicking the Apply for Retirement Benefit under the Benefits section of the E-Services tab, filling out the required information, and submitting the required supporting documents.
However, members with the following special cases on retirement benefit claims should still file manually at any SSS branch or foreign representative office:
• With outstanding Stock Investment Loan Program (SILP)/Privatization Loan Program/Educational Loan/Vocational Technology Loan balance;
• With dependent child/children under guardianship;
• Wherein member is incapacitated, under guardianship, or confined in an applicable institution such as penitentiary, correctional institution, or rehabilitation center;
• With Application of Portability Law or Bilateral Social Security Agreements;
• With adjustment or for re-adjudication of claim; and
• With the unclaimed benefit of a deceased member. (Luisa Cabato)