AN OFFICIAL of the Social Security System (SSS) said the implementing rules and regulations for Republic Act 11199 will be issued in the next few days.
RA 11199, or the Social Security Act of 2019, took effect on March 5.
Among others, it introduces the unemployment benefit to members on top of the usual benefits.
Gloria Corazon M. Andrada, vice president of SSS Luzon Central 2 Division, said that members who involuntarily lost their jobs can claim unemployment benefits equivalent to 50 percent of his average monthly salary credit for a minimum of two months.
Andrada, who was one of the guests during the News at Hues media forum hosted by the Pampanga Press Club and the Park Inn by Radisson Clark, said the member should not be more than 60 years old and has paid at least 36 months contributions, 12 months of which should be within the 18-month period prior to the involuntary unemployment.
A member can only claim unemployment benefits once every three years, Andrada said.
"This new law which includes our benefit offer is for members who were involuntarily separated from work," she said.
Employees who were terminated and dismissed for misconduct and negligence are disqualified from availing of the unemployment benefits, according to Andrada.
The law is expected to assist unemployed members while they are looking for another job, the SSS official said.
"This is our help to members who lost their jobs involuntarily," she added. (Reynaldo G. Navales)