NOTE: Hi guys! I’m not from SSS. I’d love to help you answer your questions, but may not be the most qualified to do so. At the end of this post are links to articles you may refer to for additional knowledge. For more immediate clarifications, it’s best to contact your HR department or SSS directly. Check out these two links from SSS: Part 1 and Part 2.
SSS Maternity Notification
Our HR department provided this form for me. You can also download it from the Gov.Ph website (Maternity Notification Form).
Submit the accomplished form with your Ultrasound Report at least 60 days from conception to your employer, if employed, or to SSS, if unemployed, voluntary or separated. If you’re employed, your employer will submit the form to SSS no later than 15 days after they get it from you. The instructions are on the back of the form.
NOTE: It doesn’t say so on the form, but I also needed to show my original SSS digitized ID and a photocopy. Have that handy.
SSS Maternity Benefits
If you’re a paying SSS member, you have a right to avail of the maternity benefit. More specifically, you have to have paid at least 3 monthly contributions within the 12-month period right before you give birth or have a miscarriage. You also need to have filed the maternity notification form. The maternity allowance is equal to 100% of the member’s daily salary times 60 for normal delivery or miscarriage, 78 for caesarean.
For specifics on how the maternity benefit is computed, check out the Maternity Benefits FAQ on the Gov.ph website (Maternity Benefit FAQ)
Employer Maternity Policies and Benefits
Do ask your employer about policies and benefits. Some employers require a medical certificate. Talk to your boss about your situation. And if your company is new-Mom-friendly, good for you! I once worked for a company that allowed new Moms to go home at 4.30 pm – much earlier than the usual time-out hour. Check out what benefits your employer offers.
I have more questions…
Now how do you go about claiming your maternity reimbursements? How does one file maternity leave at work? I’ll share my personal experience with you when THE day is nearing! Meanwhile, you can check the helpful links below for more details.
Pinoy Baby: “Pre-delivery paperwork: 4 things you need to take care of”
Babycenter.com.ph: “Your pregnancy rights in the Philippines”
Female Network thread on SSS Maternity Pay
Pinoyexchange thread on SSS and Philhealth maternity benefits
Smart Parenting thread on SSS maternity related questions
And if you have tips to share, please feel free to leave a comment. It’s great to learn from one another.
I hope this helps you moms-to-be!