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SSS opens first E-center facility in Cebu

Ehda M. Dagooc - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — The Social Security System (SSS) opened its first E-center facility installed in Cebu province, located at Cebu Mitsumi Inc., (CMI). This move aims to enhance accessibility for over 18,700 employees, bringing the agency’s online services closer to the local workforce.

CMI, one of the largest electronic parts manufacturing companies in Cebu province is located at the MRI Special Economic Zone, in Danao City north of Cebu province.

CMI’s SSS E-Center is open every Monday to Friday from 8:00 am to 1:30 pm where CMI staff shall assist their colleagues with their SSS online transactions such as issuance of Social Security (SS) Number, My.SSS Account Registration, Payment Reference Number (PRN)

Generation, Salary Loan, Pension Loan and ConsoLoan Application, Disbursement Account Enrollment, Benefit Claims Application, Member Data Change Request, Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (ACOP) compliance, sending queries, and obtaining SSS Forms.

“We are thankful that SSS chose Cebu Mitsumi as one of its e-center hubs. I hope that SSS will extend more assistance to us and our employees,” Cebu Mitsumi Inc. President Tatsuya Mori said.

“CMI is the first company in Cebu with SSS E-Center and this one will help employees to transact remotely with SSS. All they need to do is go to the kiosk and access their My.SSS Portal to submit their loan and benefit applications and proceed with all other transactions,” SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Rolando Ledesma Macasaet explained.

Meanwhile, in April this year, SSS-Visayas Central 1 Division urged members to update their status through the online portal, as more companies in Cebu and Bohol provinces have yet to remit employees’ contributions.

SSS Visayas Central 1 Division, vice president Atty. Alberto L. Montalbo said that

delinquencies have reached 50 percent compared to 2019. This means that several

companies are resuming their businesses after the lockdown in 2020 that are not paying their

members’ contributions to the agency.

The agency recorded a total of 18, 455 delinquent companies, which are reported re-

opening their business, back to normal, and yet not paying their obligatory payment to SSS.

As of 2021, the office registered a total of 57, 452 active employers, it increased slightly

by only .1 percent in 2022 to 57,537, yet some of these companies are not yet paying their SSS

dues.

Likewise, in 2021, SSS- Visayas Central 1 Division covering the provinces of Cebu and Bohol recorded a total of P14.1 billion in collections, it improved to P16.1 billion in 2021. These are way below the P19 billion to P20 billion average collections in the pre-pandemic times.

This year, Motalbo said the agency targets to collect within the pre-pandemic level which will hover at least in the P19 billion and up levels.

“We are available online,” Motalbo urged members to check their contributions

performance by registering on the agency’s My.SSS platform and check if their employers are

active and if they can avail of benefits from SSS such as salary loans, among others. — (FREEMAN)

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