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Friday, October 9, 2009

On SSS

Pride may be a good thing but sometimes I think that we have too much of it. Sometimes we do need to get what we deserve, since we paid for it in the first place. For example, my grandfather was a regular SSS contibutor when he was still actively working. He never claimed any sickness benefits, never used any disability appeal as far as I know. He was entitled to a pension from SSS when he reached mandatory retirement age, but he never got any. He didn't want to because he felt that he didn't need it anyway. Or maybe he didn't know that he could get regular pension. The thing was, he was entitled to it!

From the mandatory age of 65 up to his death at the age of 87, that's 22 years worth of retirement pension. I was told that my grandmother could actually claim all the accumulated benefits, plus interest. She can even claim burial benefits, I believe. I have to remind my uncle to process these things for her, as I don't think that she can do it for herself.

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