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SSS disburses P22 billion to banks for December, 13th month of pensioners.

THE Social Security System (SSS) has disbursed through its partner banks around P22 billion for the December and 13th-month pension of its pensioners which will be made available on Thursday.

'We have already requested our partner banks to release the 13th-month pension on November 29. However, we leave the discretion to our partner banks if they will release the regular monthly pension for December along with the 13th- month pension or stick to the regular schedule of release of monthly pension on the contingency date of the pensioner,' said SSS President and CEO Emmanuel F. Dooc.

Broken down, SSS released P10.95 billion for the 13th- month pension and about P10.95 billion for December 2018 pension.

Dooc added that the pension fund has asked the Philippine Postal Corp. (PhlPost) to prioritize the delivery of the checks for the December and 13th-month pensions of SSS pensioners residing in far-flung areas so they can enjoy their cash benefits before Christmas.

'Almost all our pensioners receive pensions through their respective bank accounts, but there are more than 15,000 pensioners, mostly in far-flung areas, who still prefer to receive their pensions through checks. For those in Metro Manila and nearby areas, it usually takes three to five days to receive their checks, while it would take five to eight days for faraway Luzon provinces, and eight to 10 days for [the] Visayas and Mindanao,' he added.

Of the total number of pensioners, more than 99.38 percent or 2.4 million pensioners receive their 13th- month and regular pensions through SSS-accredited partner banks, while the remaining 0.62 percent or more than 15,000 pensioners receive their cash benefits through checks.

The 13th-month pension is an additional cash benefit given to SSS pensioners, except for partial disability pensioners whose pension duration is less than 12 months. The pension fund started providing 13th-month pensions, which is equivalent to one-month basic pension, in 1988.

Aside from the 13th-month pension, SSS earlier announced the release of P442.38 million for the pension adjustment of employee compensation (EC) pensioners following the approval of President Duterte on the increase of the EC benefit in May.

According to the SSS, more than P442.38 million was disbursed to 17,619 EC pensioners for the additional benefit of P1,150 per month starting January 2017 until October 2018, including the 13th- month pension for the year 2017 and for the additional P425 per carer's allowance month starting May 2018 to October 2018.

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Publication:Business Mirror (Makati City, Philippines)
Date:Nov 27, 2018
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