State-run Social Security System (SSS) has expanded its services, pushing for wider coverage of Filipinos abroad.
The agency now has 20 offices in Asia, Middle East and Europe, three of which were recently opened in Toronto, Canada; Tokyo, Japan; and Muscat, Oman.
Located in Philippine embassies or consulates, the SSS offices abroad accept applications for membership, benefits and loans as well as perform data capture for the Unified Multi-Purpose ID.
The SSS offices in Asia are located in Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Taiwan, Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia.
The pension fund in the Middle East is extensive, with offices in Riyadh, Jeddah and Al Khobar in Saudi Arabia; Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates; and in Kuwait, Qatar and Bahrain.
In Europe, the SSS offices in the United Kingdom are found in London and in Rome and Milan in Italy.
Judy Frances See, SSS senior vice president and International Operations Division head, said the agency will continue to expand its foreign operations to provide members abroad with immediate access to social security.
“Next year, we will be deploying additional personnel to our offices overseas to assist our members,” See added.
She said the pension fund will continue to conduct outreach activities for Filipino communities abroad.
The monthly contribution to SSS is based on monthly earnings declared at the time of registration.