MANILA – The Social Security System has extended the mandatory online filing of retirement claims to self-employed members aged 60 to 64 years old starting July 1.

In a statement, SSS president and chief executive officer Michael Regino said it is in addition to all employee-members, voluntary members, land-based overseas Filipino worker members, and self-employed members aged 65 years old and above at the time of retirement who were required to file through the My.SSS Portal effective July 2020.

“As early as 2015, we have made this online facility available to our members who have reached their technical retirement age of 65 years old,” he said. “With the onset of the pandemic, we have continuously enhanced this online facility to provide our members with a simpler and more convenient mode of application without physically going to our branches."

In the portal, members must click apply for Retirement Benefit under the Benefits section of the E-Services tab, fill out the required information, and submit the required supporting documents.

However, members with special cases on their retirement benefit claims must file manually at any SSS branch or foreign representative office.

The special cases include:

- With outstanding Stock Investment Loan Program or Privatization Loan Program or Educational Loan or Vocational Technology Loan balance

- With dependent child/children under guardianship

- Wherein member is incapacitated, under guardianship, or confined in an applicable institution such as penitentiary, correctional institution, or rehabilitation center

- With Application of Portability Law or Bilateral Social Security Agreements

- With adjustment or for re-adjudication of claim

- With the unclaimed benefit of a deceased member. (PNA)