The SSS Mandate
"It is the policy of the State to establish, develop, promote and perfect a sound and viable tax-exempt social security system suitable to the needs of the people throughout the Philippines which shall promote social justice and provide meaningful protection to members and their families against the hazards of disability, sickness, maternity, old age, death and other contingencies resulting in loss of income or financial burden. Toward this end, the State shall endeavor to extend social security protection to workers and their beneficiaries." (Section 2, RA 8282)
"The SSS aims to develop and promote a viable, universal and equitable social security protection scheme through world-class service."
Viable. Social security protection shall be provided through generations.
Universal. Social security protection shall be provided to all residents of the Philippines, citizens and non-citizens alike, regardless of creed, gender, age, geographic location and economic status, especially the disadvantaged, so that no one will become a burden to society.
Equitable. Fair and uniform coverage shall be made available to all. Benefits shall be meaningful and able to sustain a decent standard of living.
World-class service. Social security service that is prompt, accurate and courteous shall be provided to ensure total member satisfaction.
STATEMENT OF CORPORATE VALUES
"The SSS aims to institutionalize a corporate culture that instills the core values of trust, empowerment and teamwork."
SSS Riyadh Representative Office was established in 1998 in line with the mandate of the Social Security System to bring services closer to its members wherever they maybe and to implement the coverage program for Overseas Filipino Workers(OFWs). For Saudi Arabia, SSS has three representative offices: In Riyadh at the Philippine Embassy; in Jeddah at the Philippine Consulate General and in Al Khobar at its tie up remittance agent - Tahweel Al Rajhi.
The Overseas Filipino Workers Coverage Program
This program covers all OFWs not over 60 years old, whether previously a member or not. The coverage of an OFW takes effect upon payment of the first monthly contribution.
To register, the member will just visit the SSS office and secure an Overseas Worker Record Form (SSS Form OW-1). Fill out the form and submit with any of the following documents: Birth Certificate, baptismal Certificate, Passport, Driver’s license, PRC Card, Seaman’s Book.
The Basis of the monthly contributions will be monthly earnings declared ar the time of registration, computed in Philippine pesos.
Where will payments be made?
SSS contributions and loan amortizations may be paid through any of the following accredited banks and its foreign tie-ups in Saudi Arabia:
SSS BENEFITS and LOAN PRIVILEGES
OFWs are entitled to various benefits and loan privileges, provided qualifying conditions for entitlement are met. To ensure higher benefits and privileges you can continue to pay your monthly contributions until you reach the age of 60 or 65 years old.
For more information on the benefits and loan privileges, please visit the SSS website: www.sss.gov.ph
Contact Person: Mr. Danilo Calape
SSS Foreign Representative to Riyadh
Cell No. 0500972728
PHILIP RAYMUND S. SALEM
Pag-IBIG Fund Representative (Riyadh)
Mobile # 0562581493
RENATO A. SOQUENO
Pag-IBIG Fund Information Officer (Riyadh)
Mobile # 0507004186
RUBEN R. GALAMAY LACSAMANA P. TUAN
Pag-IBIG Information Officer (Alkhobar)
Mobile # 0502768962
RUBEN R. GALAMAY
Pag-IBIG Fund Representative (Jeddah)
Mobile # 0535118667
Recognizing HDMF's contributions through the years and the need to further strengthen its capability as the biggest source of housing finance in the country to date, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed into law Republic Act No. 9679 or the Home Development Mutual Fund Law of 2009. The law was signed on 21 July 2009.
Under the new HDMF law, membership to the Pag-IBIG Fund is made mandatory for all SSS- and GSIS-covered employees; uniformed members of the AFP, BFP, BJMP and PNP; as well as Filipinos employed by foreign-based employers. Now more than ever, Filipino workers will enjoy the benefits that are available only to Pag-IBIG members.
Likewise, the law grants the HDMF exemption from tax payments like other government provident institutions. With its tax-exempt status reinstated, Pag-IBIG will have more funds to finance housing and short-term loans as well as investments in government securities. Income from these endeavors is distributed exclusively to Pag-IBIG members in the form of dividends.
The HDMF Law of 2009 also gives the Board of Trustees the authority to set the contribution rates, thereby paving the way for members to save more for their future. Similarly, this will bolster the Fund's resources for home financing.
Pag-IBIG is an acronym which stands for Pagtutulungan sa Kinabukasan: Ikaw, Bangko, Industria at Gobyerno. To this day, the Pag-IBIG Fund continues to harness these four sectors of the society to work together towards providing Fund members with adequate housing through an effective savings scheme.
To uplift the quality of life of members through savings
The premier and globally-competitive provident financial institution
Republic Act 9679 Sec. 2. Declaration of Policy – It is the policy of the State to establish, develop, promote and integrate a nationwide sound and viable tax exempt mutual provident savings system suitable to the needs of the employed and other earning groups, and to motivate them to better plan and provide for their housing needs by membership in the Home Development Mutual Fund, with mandatory contributory support of the employers in the spirit of social justice and the pursuit of national development.
Employers and employees who should be covered by the SSS and the GSIS;
Uniformed members of the Armed Forces of the Philippines, the Bureau of Fire Protection, Bureau of Jail Management and Penology, and the Philippine National Police;
Filipinos employed by foreign-based employers, whether they are deployed here or abroad or a combination thereof.
An OFW can register at the Philippine Embassy and Consulate in Riyadh and Jeddah, respectively, at any Skyfreight Forwarders Branch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia or through Online Registration at the official website of Pag-IBIG Fund: www.pagibigfund.gov.ph
How much is the monthly savings?
The amount of monthly savings is flexible and unlimited depending on the capability and willingness of the member to save. However, the monthly savings must not be less than P100.00 or its SAR equivalent (more or less SAR 10).
Where to remit the monthly savings?
Remittance of monthly savings can be done at any Skyfreight Forwarders Branch in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual, annual or any mode that is convenient to the member. Member must quote his/her Registration Tracking Number (RTN) generated through online registration every time he/she will make a remittance of monthly savings and loan amortization.
This program aims to provide financial assistance to Pag-IBIG members for purposes of minor home improvement, livelihood, medical, educational, purchase of appliance and furniture and other needs.
This program aims to provide financial assistance to Pag-IBIG Fund member-victims in calamity-stricken areas, as declared by the Office of the President or the Sangguniang Bayan.
This housing loan program grants opportunities to Pag-IBIG Fund members to avail of housing loans to finance any one or a combination of the following:
* Old or brand new;
* A property mortgaged with the Fund; or
* An acquired asset, which is disposed of through sealed public bidding, negotiated sale, the Rent-to-Own Program, or the “Magaang Pabahay, Disenteng Buhay” Program.
* The loan is not in default within 12 months prior to the date of application;
* The said loan has a repayment history of at least two (2) years with the original mortgagee
Combination of loan purposes, which shall be limited to the following:
* Purchase of a fully developed lot not exceeding 1,000 square meters and construction of a residential unit thereon;
* Purchase of a residential unit, whether old or new, with home improvement;
* Refinancing of an existing mortgage with home improvement;
* Refinancing of an existing mortgage, specifically a lot loan, with construction of a residential unit thereon.
Provident Benefits Claim
Pag-IBIG Fund guarantees the refund of member’s total accumulated savings (TAV), which consists of the member’s accumulated contributions, the employer counterpart contributions, if any, and the dividend earnings credited to the member’s account upon occurrence of any of the following grounds for withdrawal:
Actual retirement from the SSS, the GSIS or a separate employer provident/retirement plan, provided the member has at least reached age 45.
Upon reaching age 60.
Temporary total disability lasting continuously for more than 120 days;
Complete loss of sight of both eyes;
Loss of two limbs at or over the ankle or wrist;
Permanent complete paralysis of two limbs;
Brain injury resulting in incurable imbecility or insanity; and
Such other cases which are adjudged to be total and permanent disability by a duly licensed physician and approved by the Board of Trustees.
Death. In case of death, the Fund benefits shall be divided among the member’s legal heirs in accordance with the New Civil Code as amended by the New Family Code.
Ummayah Abu As-Salat Street
P.O. 94366, Riyadh 11693
Fax (9661) 488-3945
TEL 482-3559 , 482-0507, 482-1577
FAX : 488-3945
Labor Attaché / OWWA
Phones 483-2201 to 3
Labor Attaché / OWWA
TEL (03) 894-1846, 894-2890
Philippine Consulate in Jeddah