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SSS Reports Surge in OFW Contributions
Contributions from overseas-based Filipinos to the Social Security System went up 13 percent year-on-year to P1.07 billion amid the fund’s drive to ease the collection process and improve member services.
Emilio de Quiros Jr., SSS president and chief executive, said in a statement the agency’s efforts to be more “member-centric”—especially for OFWs—are providing these members easy access to their records and services despite being employed abroad.
Initiatives that the SSS undertook recently include the expansion of its Internet-based services, opening a 16-hour call center, uploading instructional videos on YouTube and starting an official SSS Facebook page.
OFW contributions as of May already represent about half of the P2.17 billion collected in 2011, which grew by 17 percent from the 2010 level and by double digits for the third straight year.
Currently, the SSS has over 738,000 OFW members, a number that the fund wants to raise through tie ups with key agencies that handle the deployment of migrant workers, such as the Department of Labor and Employment and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration.
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