The state-run Social Security System (SSS) on Thursday extended the payment deadlines for its members on earthquake-stricken areas in Mindanao.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora C. Ignacio said the pension fund, through the approval of the Social Security Commission (SSC), extended the deadline for contributions payment and salary loan repayments for earthquake-stricken cities of Kidapawan and Davao, and the provinces of Davao Del Sur and Cotabato.
The SSS extended the deadline of remitting contributions for the applicable months of July, August and September 2019 as well as salary loan repayments without incurring any penalties for self-employed and voluntary members. Members can pay their obligations until November 30.
Likewise, payments of contributions and salary loans of regular and household employers for the applicable month of September 2019 without incurring any penalties, whose principal place of business is in the above-mentioned areas is also extended until November 30.
If the payment deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, the payment may be made on the next working day. Since November 30 is a regular holiday, the payment deadline will be extended until December 2.
Earlier, the cities of Kidapawan and Davao and the provinces of North Cotabato and Davao del Sur were devastated by the earthquake that occurred on October 29 and 31, 2019 with magnitude 6.6 and 6.5, respectively.
“This is our small way of extending our help to our members who were affected by the recent catastrophic incident. We want them to cope up first with their immediate needs following the destruction brought about by the earthquake yet we also want them to be secured in times of contingencies through their coverage with the SSS,” Ignacio said.
Ignacio reminded members and employers that they may only pay their obligations for the extended period through the Automated Tellering System in SSS branches located in Toril, Digos, Davao City and Kidapawan.