After months of hiatus, SSS Matters is now back at the online pages of RNG. Thank you to the very generous and understanding heart of Mr. Dhobie de Guzman whom I had the privilege of working with way back in our regional Kapamilya stints.
Picking up where we left off, one of the questions frequently asked by members is the alternative payment options available aside from our tellering section in SSS branches. I would always proudly reply to them that SSS payments are now accepted in more than a dozen of payment centers and partner banks. In fact, we have also opened our doors to online payment channels for those who prefer cashless transactions.
Regular and household employers may pay over the counter at any branches of Asia United Bank, Bank of Commerce, Bank One Savings Bank, Partner Rural Bank, Philippine Business Bank, Rural Bank of Lanuza, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Union Bank of the Philippines, and United Coconut Planters Bank. They may also pay using the on-line web facilities of Bank of the Philippine Islands, Bizlink, Security Bank, Digibank, and Union Bank of the Philippines.
If they opt to pay online, eGov Bancnet channels of Asia United Bank, Bank of Commerce, China Bank, CTBC Bank, East West Bank, Metrobank, MUFG Bank, Philippine Bank of Communication, Philtrust Bank, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Robinsons Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, United Coconut Planters Bank and Veterans Bank can also be used.
They may also pay thru our non-bank collecting partners like CIS Bayad Center Inc, Electronic Commerce Payments Inc or ECPay and SM Payment Centers.
Meanwhile, individual members (Voluntary, Self-Employed, Non-Working Spouse) may also pay for their contribution and loans via over the counter transactions in these banks and partner payment centers: Asia United Bank, Bank of Commerce, Bank One Savings Bank, Partner Rural Bank, Philippine Business Bank, Rural Bank of Lanuza, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation, Union Bank of the Philippines, United Coconut Planters Bank, and CIS Bayad Center Inc, Electronic Commerce Payments Inc or ECPay and at SM Payment Centers.
If they prefer to pay via internet banking, Security Bank Online, Unionbank Online and Bayad Online (formerly Bayad Center, Inc) are the options. Those who have downloaded the Enhanced SSS Mobile App, may pay their contribution using PayMaya, BPI Online or GCash.
For those who are always on the go, you may also try our Enhanced SSS Mobile App. I find this app very useful and convenient because of its feature wherein Payment Reference Number can now be generated here, and you will just be directed to a link of your preferred online payment channel either to PayMaya, BPI Online or GCash for contribution payment.
Land-based OFWs have several options to remit their SSS contributions. First, they can pay over the counter thru our partner banks like Asia United Bank, Bank of Commerce and Philippine National Bank. Second option is via non-bank partners like CashPinas, iRemit, Inc., LMI Express Delivery, Inc., Pinoy Express Hatid Padala Services, Inc, and Ventaja International Corporation. Third, they may choose to pay via mobile facilities like Bayad Online, Paymaya, and iRemitx. If they don’t have much time to facilitate their payment transaction, OFWs may send remittance to their relatives here in the Philippines to have their SSS contributions paid. To our OFW families, make sure that the SSS contributions should be remitted on time and payment receipts are secured for future references. Our loved ones who are working abroad should be fully protected through active SSS membership to ensure their full eligibility to SSS benefits and privileges when needed.
We are also reminding our members and employers that all SSS payment channels require the applicable PRN or Payment Reference Number. The use of PRN in paying SSS contribution and loans was implemented for real-time posting of payments. So before heading to these establishments or logging-in to your internet mobile banking accounts, you should have your PRN ready and this can be generated through your My.SSS account, SSS Enhanced Mobile App, Text-SSS or by sending an email to [email protected].
Truly, this new normal has changed the way how we live our daily lives wherein everything becomes more accessible, convenient, and faster. Likewise, SSS continuously improves its services by providing our members and employers these alternative payment channels where they can pay their SSS contributions regularly thus ensuring their active SSS membership!
Since we were absent for so long, we have stored many great news for our members. In our succeeding columns, we will discuss the resumption of our two programs – the Annual Confirmation of Pensioners or ACOP and the application of Unified Multi-Purpose ID or UMID. We will also introduce to you the Workers’ Investment and Savings Program – the latest investment program and savings mechanism for our members and more on the digitalization programs of SSS. You may send an email to [email protected] for any queries and topic suggestions related to SSS.