SSS reports P53.27-billion worth of maternity benefits released from 2016 to 2021

The Social Security System (SSS) released P53.27 billion worth of maternity benefits to 1.91 million members from 2016 to 2021.


In a statement posted on the SSS Facebook account on Monday, July 11, a significant jump in disbursement was noted in 2019 after the implementation of the Republic Act No.11210 or Expanded Maternity Leave Law.

The highest peak of releases was in 2021 amounting to P13.90 billion, said SSS.

“The SSS, as a conduit agency gave its full support to this endeavor through continuous disbursement of maternity benefits to our qualified female members since the law was implemented in March 2019," said SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Michael G. Regino.

Regino added that they have simplified the procedures of maternity benefit applications through online submission of requirements at the My.SSS Portal which started on May 2021.

The Expanded Maternity Leave Law, which was signed by former President Duterte, extends a woman's maternity leave from 60 days for normal delivery or 78 days for cesarean section delivery up to 105 days.

"SSS female members may also avail of this benefit, regardless of the frequency, provided that the minimum of three (3) qualifying contributions from the 12-month period prior the semester of childbirth or miscarriage/emergency termination of pregnancy (ETP) has been met and were not paid on or after the semester of contingency," SSS reminded.

Regino also said that the increased number of maternity benefits and leave has assisted female SSS members with their financial needs as well as provided extra time to take care of their newborn babies.