The state-run Social Security System (SSS) disbursed more than P3 billion worth of ma ternity benefits to over 157,000 qualified female members from January to June 2018.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said maternity benefit disbursements jumped by 12 percent to P3.37 billion during the first half of 2018 from the P3.01 billion disbursements on the same six-month period last year. Of the total number of beneficiaries, more than 68 percent or 107,268 availees are employee-members with total disbursements amounting to P2.85 billion. “As the only state-run institution that provides maternity benefit to female workers from the private sector, we are glad that more members were able to receive cash benefits for the past six months. In fact, maternity benefit is now the third highest disbursement under the Social Security Program,” Dooc said.