The Social Security System (SSS) commemorated its 63rd founding anniversary yesterday with the theme “SSS@63: Responding to the Times through Express Services.”
In celebration of its anniversary, SSS will hold month-long online activities through its Facebook page and YouTube channel, starting with the release of its anniversary video at 11:00 a.m. yesterday, followed by the launching of “ExpreSSS,” which is the highlight of the celebration.
SSS President and CEO Aurora C. Ignacio said the ExpreSSS features enhanced SSS online services that aim to provide members, employers, pensioners, beneficiaries, and the public with a simple, faster, and more convenient means of registration, filing of benefits and loans, and other transactions.
“ExpreSSS is a product of our continuous digital transformation efforts over the years, which is also aligned with the call of Finance Secretary and Social Security Commission Chairman Carlos Dominguez III to expand the use of digital technologies for the prompt delivery of our services,” Ignacio said.
She added that the initiative advances the SSS’ compliance with the Republic Act No. 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018 and will help ensure the continuous and efficient delivery of SSS services amid the coronavirus disease 2019, or Covid-19, pandemic.
Following the first day of the month-long celebration, the SSS will run an information drive about the ExpreSSS services from September 2 to 30. Weekly uSSSap Tayo live episodes will be streamed on the SSS Facebook page. At the same time, webinars will be conducted thrice a week. Registration links for webinars will be posted on the SSS Facebook page.
Webinar topics for the first and third weeks will focus on online services such as loan and SS number applications, Payment Reference Number Generation, Employment Report (R-1A) Form submission, Sickness Notification, Maternity Notification, and Sickness Benefit Reimbursement Applications.
For the second and fourth weeks, topics will be about online benefit applications for Unemployment, Retirement, and Funeral; and online enrollment of disbursement accounts.
Under Presidential Proclamation No. 682, s. 2004, signed by the then President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, every month of September since 2004 shall be known as “Social Security Month.”
The proclamation aims to address the need to stimulate public awareness on matters involving social security protection, encourage Filipinos to take personal responsibility in uplifting their economic and social conditions through active membership in the SSS, and highlight the role of the SSS in developing and promoting a viable, universal and equitable social security protection scheme through world-class service.
For this cause, every month of September, the SSS intensifies its efforts to promote the importance of SSS membership and publicize the programs and benefits it offers and its role in nation-building. (PR)