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SSS Luzon North 1 reports P2.4B collection in 2020

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SSS Luzon North 1 reports P2.4B collection in 2020

SSS VP for Luzon North 1 Caesar Saludo explains the benefits claim form for members during the PIA Cordillera -led Kapihan sa Baguio media forum. With Saludo  is  SSS Baguio Branch head Nancy Umoso. (CCD/PIA CAR)

BAGUIO CITY, Jan. 18(PIA) – – The Social Security System Luzon North 1 reports that collection from membership contribution in 2020  was  affected by the Coronavirus Disease (COVID – 19) with several businesses closing down or downsizing their operations.

SSS Vice President for Luzon North 1 Caesar Saludo, in a Kapihan media forum here on January 13 said their collection in 2020 totalled to around P2.4 billion, lower by P200 million compared to their P2.6B collection in 2019.

Despite this, SSS assures that services to their members continue amid the pandemic. 

Saludo shared that in 2020, SSS Luzon North 1 disbursed around P82 million in unemployment assistance to members under their area of operations whose employments were affected by COVID – 19.

SSS Luzon North 1 covers eight branches in Cordillera and Region 1 covering more than 576,000 members with Baguio City having   the most with around 228,000 members. The office also caters to around 110,000 pensioners.

With the pandemic,    Saludo said SSS is going online with its programs and services. Online services of SSS can be accessed at My.SSS portal. 

For some transactions that are face to face, health and safety protocols are   in place for the safety of both members and the employees. Those who needs to go to the SSS branches   need to register an online appointment. SSS branches also have drop boxes for loan and other benefits.

Meanwhile, Saludo  announced  that  the  scheduled one  percent increase on membership contribution    will  be implemented  effective  January 2021  as scheduled as mandated by Republic Act  11199 or Social Security Act of 2019. He explained that the   increase in contribution is vital to sustain the viability of SSS and to ensure the continuing services for members as   members’ contributions subsidize the benefits being provided by SSS. (JDP/CCD-PIA CAR)