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SSS slowly going automated

The Social Security System's services are slowly going automated and may get rid of manually filling up of forms as they go online.

An official from the Social Security System-Negros Island branch said the agency is slowly going automated with the new innovations in availing of their services through the internet, or online.

Senior communications analyst Janice Diaz said Friday that SSS is slowly making its way towards converting the manually processed system into just simply going into the agency's website to fill up forms and process any kind of service.

Next week, Jan. 16, SSS will no longer accept manually processed payment of contributions from all of its members to post contribution updates in the internet ‘real-time', through the electronic Collection System (eCs).

Diaz said real-time posting of contributions will be implemented. Meaning, as the employers or other members pay their premiums, an automatic update through their e-mails or to the SSS website will be posted, she added.

After they fill in payment forms in the MySSS website, a Payment Reference Number (PRN) will be emailed and paying members will present this to any SSS branch around Negros Island to formally confirm their payments of contributions, Diaz said.

eCS will address the problems on delayed posting of contributions through online processing, where a member will just fill up the payment forms through the SSS website, Diaz said, adding that those who cannot access or do not know how to process online may seek the assistance of SSS in any branch in Negros Island.

Apart from eCS, making the Unified Multipurpose Identification (UMID) card as an Automatic Teller Machine card is also eyed by the SSS Board in partnership with other banks in the country, Diaz said.

This new SSS innovation is now being implemented in the National Capital Region and soon in others as needed equipment and facilities are currently available in the provinces like in Negros, she said.

Currently, payment of contributions is the only facility going online this year, but gradually, all services of SSS, including registration may also be available through their website, Diaz clarified.

Meanwhile, Diaz also announced that fees on replacement of UMID cards are now lowered from P300 to P200 starting December last year, and all retiring pensioners need not appear at SSS branches or any affiliated banks to confirm that they are still alive. *MLG


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