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Michael G. Regino, President and CEO of SSS, announced that self-employed, volunteers, non-working spouses and land-based overseas Filipino workers can pay their dues through the online method. of their choice. This was done in cooperation with the various financial and private sectors.
“We encourage our members and employers to pay their dues using our online channels because thanks to these payment facilities, they no longer have to visit our branches. These can be viewed from the safety and convenience of their home or office,” says Michael.
Individual members can additionally use the websites and mobile apps of other SSS-accredited collection partners, such as most public and commercial sector banks nationwide. However, commercial and domestic employers have access to online payment methods.
The SSS is a publicly funded social insurance program that the Philippine government requires to provide coverage to all employees in the private, public, and unorganized sectors.
The agency’s mandate is to establish, develop, promote and perfect a strong, tax-free social security system that meets the needs of everyone in the Philippines. This system should promote social justice through savings and protect members and their dependents against the risks of disability, illness, maternity, old age, death and other factors that may lead to loss of income or financial charge.
OpenGov Asia has previously reported that digitizing SSS pension fund services remains a top priority in the Philippines and that more online services will be added to its digital channels.
Over 30 member services and over 20 employer services are currently easily accessible on the SSS website. Membership transactions, membership dues, loan issuance and repayment, and profit distributions are just a few examples of the services offered. Other Internet SSS platforms also extend some of these features.
Additionally, almost all new online services are made available through the agency’s website, which serves as the primary online platform. However, additional efforts are underway to make the services of this portal accessible to smartphone users through the SSS mobile application.
The agency is slowly making it mandatory to complete its program online. Those who don’t have their own way of doing business online can use e-Centres at branches.
Meanwhile, the Department of Education (DepEd) has worked with the Young Leaders Initiative of Southeast Asia (YSEALI) and exchanged alumni to improve climate change education through a online program called Climate Changemakers.
The National Academy of Educators of the Philippines (NEAP) has recognized Climate Changemakers as the premier training course on climate change as part of the Department’s professional development priorities.
Through online training and other digital education initiatives, the program aims to make teachers more adept at teaching climate change skills, integrating climate change skills and taking action on the climate change in the country.
The ten-week online course, which used synchronous and asynchronous modalities to address common misconceptions about climate change, was successfully completed by 400 instructors. Moreover, it gave teachers a space to reflect on their own learning, exchange difficulties and effective methods.
The Young Southeast Asian Leaders Initiative Professional Fellowship Program (YSEALI PFP) is a bilateral exchange program administered by the U.S. Department of State. Its goal is to help young leaders from different countries in Asia and the United States to get to know each other better and strengthen economic relations.