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  • New Moms May Receive As High As Php70,000 SSS Maternity Benefits by January 2020

    More than 122,571 female members have already benefited from the 105-day Expanded Maternity Leave Act from January to April 2019.
    by Rachel Perez .
New Moms May Receive As High As Php70,000 SSS Maternity Benefits by January 2020
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  • The Social Security System (SSS) recently announced that starting January 2020, new moms may receive as high as Php70,000 for their maternity benefit, according to a report by ABS-CBN News. That's more than double of the highest maternity benefit SS used to give to new Filipino moms.

    SSS president and CEO Aurora Ignacio explained in the press briefing on June 27, 2019, that the increase comes after the enactment of the 105-Day Expanded Maternity Leave (EML) Act, or Republic Act No. 11210, and the Social Security Act of 2018, or Republic Act No. 11199. The increase in monthly contributions will result in higher amounts of benefits, Ignacio added.

    When the EML Act's Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) was released, SSS confirmed that it will pay or reimburse private companies for the new mother's full 105-day maternity benefit. SSS also reported that more than 122,571 female members have already benefited from the EML law from January to April 2019. That is equal to Php2.68 billion in SSS maternity benefits, a 15.09 percent increase from the same period last year.

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    The SSS Security Act aims to strengthen the pension fund by implementing a gradual increase in SSS members' monthly contributions from 11 percent to 15 percent by 2025. It also means a gradual adjustment of the minimum and maximum monthly salary credit (MSC), which is the compensation base by which the SSS determines how much loan benefit a member is entitled to.

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    The EML was signed into law in February 2019 and covers all qualified female workers who gave birth from March 11 onwards. It grants qualified working moms, regardless of civil status and legitimacy of their child, 105 days of maternity benefits for every instance of live childbirth, no matter the type of delivery. Of the 105 days, the mom can transfer seven to the father of the child or an alternate caregiver.

    Qualified solo parents under the Solo Parents' Welfare Act of 2000, or Republic Act No. 8972, are entitled to an additional 15 days of maternity benefit on top of the 105 days. The EML law also provides new moms the option to extend their maternity leave for 30 more days without pay. For miscarriage or emergency termination of pregnancy, the law grants 60 days of paid maternity leave.

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    Aside from EML benefits, the SSS law also aims to provide higher benefits for sickness, disability, retirement, funeral, death or survivor pension, and unemployment. Ignacio cited that the sickness benefit will also increase from Php48o per day to Php600 per day, and the average monthly pension from Php6,400 to Php8,000.

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