To ensure that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) gets to have their much-needed pension benefits when they reach the required age bracket, Social Security System (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Aurora C. Ignacio continues to push the compulsory coverage of OFWs.
It becomes fully agreed and amended by the Migrant Workers and Overseas Filipino Act will make it compulsory to all sea and land-based OFWs to become an SSS member.
In an interview with Ignacio, she stated there are already guidelines which are being established through the cooperation of Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA) and Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA).
She further added that they haven’t established a firm plan on how they can get initial SSS contribution from OFWs without giving them another set of a burden to shoulder in addition to the payment that they have to secure before they can work abroad.
Ignacio said that OFWs cannot object to this mandatory payment “but we would like to think that the benefits or whatever benefits that they will get from those they have been paying are temporary while they are employed or while they are not employed,” Ignacio said. “That’s why we will not stop this law to be implemented because of its long-term benefits for the workers,” she added.
According to the records of SSS, only 48% of the total 550,000 OFWs pay their SSS contributions.