The years you’ve spent at work may have been prematurely cut short by the pandemic that occurred last year up until today. Despite these unfortunate circumstances, there’s no other way for people but to keep moving forward. But just because you’ve lost your job doesn’t mean that there’s nothing you can rely on for a second chance to get back up, and that’s exactly what the SSS unemployment benefit is for.
Did you know that SSS has made it easier for its members to file for such benefits, especially for such times that we are in right now, all thanks to the power of the internet and technology. In this post, we will share how you can avail of the SSS unemployment benefit online to help you get back on track amid the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Here’s How to Apply for an SSS Unemployment Benefit Online
Since it’s reckless and unnecessary for people to visit government offices these days, the SSS has created a way for members to claim unemployment benefits online, so you won’t have to go to any of their offices.
That said before you attempt to file a claim with SSS online, make sure that you already have a My.SSS account. And once you have an account, here’s how you can file for a claim:
- Log on to the new SSS online portal and choose the Member button.
- Log in to your My.SSS account using your nominated username and password.
- Under the e-Services link, choose ‘Apply for Unemployment Benefit’
- Fill out the online form with all the needed information.
- Click ‘Proceed’.
- Read the certification and click ‘Submit’.
- SSS will send an email notification to inform you that your claim application has been received. You will then be given a list of the documents you need to submit electronically (DOLE or POLO, notice of termination from your employer/affidavit of termination from employment).
- After you have sent the documentary requirements, you will receive another email from SSS confirming their receipt of the documents and the start of the processing of your application.
The claim will be released in about five to ten days from the date of your application. If you have nominated a bank account in your My.SSS account, the proceeds will be credited to your bank account. Otherwise, it will be released through other payment channels approved by SSS (UMID-ATM, PayMaya, and remittance transfer companies).
Important: Only those who were involuntarily separated or laid off due to valid reasons are qualified to avail of the SSS unemployment benefit.
We hope that this information can help you or someone whose work has been badly affected by the ongoing pandemic. But did you know that the Philippine government has several other programmes to support its citizens during these times? Check them out here (2).
And if you want to help other people in need, you can also share with them the information you’ve gained from this guide.