SSS disburses P10B for December pensions-A A +A
By JM Agreda
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
THE Social Security System (SSS) recently disbursed close to P10 billion for pension for the month of December and 13th month pensions for some 1.6 million SSS pensioners.
SSS has disbursed a total of P9.88 billion for December and 13th month pensions to its pensioners who were granted double the amount of their regular pensions this month to make their year-end holiday celebrations more meaningful.
This was disclosed by SSS president Emilio de Quiros Jr., who said a total of P9.81 billion were credited to the savings accounts of 1.63 million pensioners, while P63.60 million more in pension checks were sent to 12,062 pensioners through mail.
“We disbursed an additional P210.84 million to 54,782 pensioners who benefited from our Special Pension Run on November 20, so that they too can receive their December and 13th month pensions in time for the Christmas season,” he said. “We also wrote to banks last month requesting them to release the 13th month pension within the first week of December.”
SSS processing of pensions, called “Pension Runs”, are done every 5th day of the month for the pensions of succeeding month. Thus, the December and 13th month pensions were processed last November 5 and the corresponding funds were disbursed to SSS-partner banks two weeks before December.
De Quiros noted the SSS now holds a Special Pension Run every 20th day of the month, which is primarily aimed at processing the resumption of suspended pensions for those who complied with the Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (Acop) past their designated schedule.
“We introduced the Special Pension Run this year to accommodate pensioners who comply with the Acop after the 5th day of the month. With the additional pension run, their suspended pensions are reinstated in the month immediately after their Acop compliance, unlike before when they had to wait for at least two months before their pensions were resumed,” he added.
De Quiros also encouraged pensioners to mark in their 2013 calendars their Acop schedule, which is the official date of the retirement, disability or death of the member, to facilitate the continuous release of their pensions. The Acop, which was enhanced and re-launched this year, aims to ensure that only the rightful beneficiaries receive SSS pensions for disability, retirement or death.
Moreover, SSS-North Luzon vice president Luis Olais said they extended their call center operations from 16 hours to 24 hours every weekday to give members more access to over-the-phone updates about their contributions, benefits, loans and other SSS transactions.
SSS members in Baguio may now access their call center hotline at (074) to check their claim status, membership data, list of requirements and other concerns.
The 24-hour SSS Call Center is the agency’s latest enhancement in its array of round-the-clock service facilities that includes the SSS Website (www.sss.gov.ph), Text-SSS (send “SSS” to 2600), and the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS), in which members follow computerized voice instructions to get answers on basic queries.
The SSS Call Center operates from 7:00 a.m. on Mondays all the way to 7 a.m. on Saturdays. It is closed on weekends and on holidays.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on December 19, 2012.