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New mandatory SSS and Philhealth Contributions for overseas workers take effect

Given the controversies surrounding the SSS and PhilHealth on how they manage their finances, still they wanted to rise up the monthly contributions.

Under the implementation rules of Republic Act No. 11199, or the Social Security Act, which takes effect this week, new hires must pay the SSS premium of P960 before they can leave the country

Returning migrants, on the other hand, are required to pay the three-month premium worth P2,880.
The rules also require that the payment be tied to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration’s (POEA) grant to workers of an overseas employment certificate or exit clearance.

Currently, a migrant worker can be issued an OEC even if he has yet to pay his SSS and PhilHealth premiums.
Migrants’ rights advocacy group Blas F. Ople Policy Center said that based on the draft shown to it by PhilHealth, the company is set to increase from P2,400 to P6,864 the annual premium contribution it asks from migrant workers.

The minimum annual contribution will go up to as high as P12,480 in 2024.

The center’s head, former Labor Undersecretary Susan Ople, said that while the group recognizes the importance of social protection, this shouldn’t come as a burden to workers.

The Philippine is no longer competitive because there are more worker who want to go abroad and leave the country. 


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