The Social Security System (SSS) has issued more than 300,000 membership numbers thru its website in just nine months after launching the online service in September last year, as current and future workers take advantage of the faster and more convenient way to get their social security (SS) number.
SSS Assistant Vice President and Officer-in-Charge of the Service Delivery Department Renato N. Malto said that nearly 80 percent of about 313,000 online SS number applicants as of June 2016, were aged 18 to 26, including recent college graduates and young adults seeking employment for the first time.
“The online issuance of SS number is part of our continuing campaign to expand our website’s capabilities to provide more convenient alternatives to over-the-counter applications. This way, members can transact with SSS electronically, instead of lining up in our branches and service offices,” Malto said.
Only individuals below age 60 can apply for SS numbers, whether in person at SSS offices or electronically via the SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph). Each member should only have one SS number to avoid inconsistencies in their contribution records which may delay processing of their loan and benefit applications.
“The online procedure is user-friendly and makes it easy for applicants to follow the instructions. They can get their SS numbers within five to ten minutes. SS numbers issued online are tagged as temporary and can be used by employers to pay their employees’ monthly contributions,” Malto said.
To convert their temporary SS number to a permanent one, members need to present the original or certified true copy and submit a photocopy of their birth or baptismal certificate or other accepted documents displayed onscreen at the beginning of online application, to any SSS branch. Permanent numbers are required in applying for SSS benefits and loans. The same is also required in registering for an online account in the SSS website.
Upon reaching the SSS homepage, members should click on the “No SSS number yet? Apply Online” tab at the lower middle portion. A webpage containing a step-by-step guide will first appear on-screen before the individual can proceed with the actual application process.
Applicants need to provide basic information such as their name, birth date and email address. Upon submission, a link will be sent to their email address which they would need to click within five days to confirm their application; otherwise, the link will expire and the applicant will go back to step one.
To complete the registration, applicants will be asked to review the information they have encoded and make necessary corrections before the SS number would be generated by the online system.
“Applicants must be careful with the data they encode and double-check these before submitting the online form. Once the SS number is generated, they can no longer correct online what was entered, and they would have to go through the normal process of data amendment in SSS offices,” Malto advised.
After generating the SS number, the applicants’ personal record and SS number slip will be shown on-screen which they can print as proof of their online registration. Those who still opt for the manual application process for the SS number can go to SSS branches and service offices nationwide.
Apart from the online issuance of SS numbers, other SSS website transactions launched last year include the electronic filing of technical retirement claims for eligible members reaching age 65, and online submission of employees’ sickness and maternity notifications for web-registered employers.