SSS admits still adjusting to the system of Kasambahay Law implementation

January 10, 2014 11:49 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 10 — The Social Security System (SSS) on Friday admitted that it is still adjusting to the system of implementing the Kasambahay Law.

Atty. Allan Joseph Andrada of SSS Branch Systems and Procedure Department said the agency is still in the process of accepting enrollment of applicants.

“We are experiencing administrative gridlock. We need to adjust to the new law which enhances the old law, Republic Act No. 7655 passed in 1993,” Andrada told reporters at the weekly forum Balitaan sa Hotel Rembrandt.

He said those who have enrolled have to pay their contribution to three government agencies – SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG Fund.

The corporate executive of SSS said that the agency needs more time to adjust while assuring all kasambahay applicants that in due time, they need only to pay in any of the three government agencies.

“We are shifting to one-stop-shop and eventually, stakeholders can pay their contributions to any of the three government agencies,” Andrada assured beneficiaries.

The outdated law orders SSS to include house helpers as new members while PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG only joins the picture in the new law.

The law became enforceable on June 4, 2013 or 15 days after the publication of its IRR or implementing rule and regulation.

The law is a landmark piece of labor and social legislation that recognizes for the first time domestic workers as similar to those in the formal sector. It strengthens respect, protection, and promotion of the rights and welfare of domestic workers.

Although Andrada did not give any time frame, he vowed that the three agencies are regularly comparing notes to cure glitches and make payments as one-stop-shop the soonest possible time. (PNA)



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