One way to save for retirement is to pay a Social Security contribution. In the Philippines, contributions are easy to pay. For employees, employers deduct salaries and transfer them to SSS. Meanwhile, self-employed people can go to any social security system office or authorized payment center to transfer their payments. But if you no longer reside in the Philippines, how can you continue to pay?
The SSS office in Qatar should be your destination. If you need to fill out forms, you can find them at the office. You also need to be familiar with the various banks or remittances where you can make your contribution.
Guide to paying your SSS contribution in Doha
It is important for us to continue to contribute to our social security system because it is part of our pension when we retire and do not work. Invest in yourself with a portion of your salary so that you don’t depend on other people as you get older. For overseas workers based in Doha, this article aims to help you build your options where you can pay your SSS.
Minimum SSS monthly Contribution
Your contribution to SSS is usually based on your salary. The revised SSS Contribution Table shows the first to twenty-third pay brackets. Take a look at this table to see how much you will contribute. You can pay your contribution annually, every 6 months or every month. This schedule applies to both Filipino workers working on land and at sea. Monthly salary balances range from 8,000 pesos to 20,000 PHP. The minimum monthly subscription is 960 pesos and the maximum is 2400 pesos. The European Commission’s partnership will be for staff use.
List of remittance centers for SSS payments
As a Filipino worker abroad, contributions to selected SSS-affiliated banks and remittances can be paid. The partner banks that offer payments are: I-REMIT, ASIA UNITED Bank (AUB) and VENTAJA International.
You can find the following exchange centers for sending payments:
- Habib International Exchange
- Al-Sad Exchange
- Al Dar Exchange
- Cover Exchange
- Time exchange
- El Mana Exchange
- City Exchange
- Skyfight TFC
- Exchange of Qatar United Arab Emirates
As you can see, remittance centers have branches all over Qatar. It’s easy for you to move your fixed payment from these places.
SSS Membership How to become a member of SSS
But before anything else, make sure you’re a member of SSS before paying for your contribution. If you are already a member, you can proceed with the payment. If you are applying to become a member, you can register for the SSS number online. Once you get your SSS number, you will be classified as a “temporary member”. To become a “permanent member” and reap the benefits, you will need to submit these documents to the nearest branch of the social security system:
- Birth certificate
- Marriage contract (if married)
- Children’s Birth Certificate (if applicable)
- IDs issued by the government
- Other secondary documents that show your correct name and date of birth
As mentioned earlier, SSS membership is important. Providing SSS numbers is part of the process of hiring private companies. Every new graduate or new employee who wants to work in the private sector needs to register with SSS.
Benefits as an SSS member
Membership with SSS comes with benefits. First of all, it works out the savings you can get in retirement. You will receive a pension with your help while you are working. You also get benefits like maternity, illness, disability, retirement, death, and last rites. In addition to pensions, you can also take advantage of disaster loans, salaries, and educational assistance. Even a non-working spouse of an SSS member is entitled to certain benefits. For Filipino workers and domestic workers who have lost their jobs abroad, they can get some help under their membership in the social security system.
Even if you contribute only one month’s worth, you are entitled to receive something. However, the benefit you can get will depend on how much you have contributed over the years. Don’t you think saving is a good idea, so it will continue to grow over the years? It is also important to remember that once you become a member of SSS, you become a lifelong member. So take advantage of this membership and pay your contribution regularly.
SSS Payment in Qatar
If you work in Qatar, Polo offers the WWAS ASOW coverage program. If you are a new member and do not have an SSS number, you can apply for your number. According to the Polo Doha office, you need to fill out the External Worker Record Form (SSS Form OW-1) and submit these documents:
- Birth certificate
- Baptismal certificate
- Driver’s license
- Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) card
But if you are an existing member, you can reactivate your membership by paying your contribution. Once you make your first monthly contribution, you join the SSS OFW coverage program. You don’t even have to worry about paying a monthly subscription. There are many exchange centers in Qatar that accept SSS partnerships. Or you can ask your family to transfer the payment back home. All they need to say is that the beneficiary is a Filipino worker abroad. Most payment centers in the Philippines accept SSS contributions.
The Polo Doha office is open Sunday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is located at the corner of Alforth Street and El Goson Street, District 66, Onisa District, El Dafna, West Bay, Doha. Their contact number is 448-3858. You can send inquiries to the following e-mail addresses: [email protected] and [email protected].
SSS Monthly Pension
According to the SSS website, members are required to pay 120 contributions per month to be eligible for a monthly pension after retirement. People who cannot meet the required monthly subscriptions will receive a lump sum equal to the amount they have paid. If members are unable to pay their dues for a specified period, they will not be penalized. But other than that, a member cannot meet the required 120 monthly contributions. Members cannot pay for the months they lose. But on the other hand, they can pay the price for their contribution up front. It can be paid quarterly or annually.
It is also important that you keep your contact information up to date, so that you can continue to benefit from the benefits. Some of these transactions can be done online, which makes the procedure much easier. Even if you are abroad, you can still monitor your membership status. As ship workers, we know that working abroad will not last forever. So it is better to save while we can still. By religiously paying for the SSS partnership, you set aside money that you can use when you retire. Other benefits also contribute to retirement savings.
Polo Doha Office
- Address: Corner of Euphrates Street and El Goson Street, District 66, Onaisa District, El Dafna, West Bay, Doha
- Phone number: +974 4488 3858
- Website: https://polodoha.com.ph
- Email: [email protected]
- Opening hours: Sunday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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