The Social Security System or SSS is a Philippine-run social insurance program aimed for working individuals in the private, professional, or informal sectors. The SSS has been in active operation since 1954 by virtue of the Republic Act No. 1161.
In essence, all Filipinos who are working locally or abroad are entitled to become a member of the SSS as a means of investment for the future (but not to be confused with “stock investment” with guaranteed dividend pay). In fact, even non-Filipinos, provided that they are legitimate workers in the Philippines, are themselves eligible to become active SSS members and thereby reap its benefits in the future.
SSS for OFWs
For something that was born in the Philippines, it is easy for us to assume that all SSS branches can only be found in the country. In reality, the SSS now also have multiple branches abroad, aptly called SSS International Branches.
Although physical appearances are easily bridged by SSS’ remote hotline services based in its country of origin, there is indeed some benefits in having accessible physical locations from other countries of interest such as rendering immediate assistance and compulsory coverage to those members who are working from overseas.
Based on the December 2018 record of SSS, there were already a total of 1.14 million OFWs who are members of the state-run social insurance program, but only 550,000 members are active about their contributions.
As of April 2019, the SSS Contribution Table was updated where reference to it suggests that Overseas Filipino Worker (OFW) members make a monthly contribution of at least Php960 or, for minimum earners, 12% of their Php8,000 salary. For members who managed to consistently comply with their mandatory contributions for at least 120 months are eligible for a monthly pension of Php3,200 should they retire.
SSS Branches International List of Locations
Presently there are a total of 23 international branches for SSS across a few significant continents, particular areas where overseas Filipinos are typically concentrated from. They include 7 unique branches across certain ASEAN countries, 10 branches throughout the Middle East, 3 branches within North America, and another 3 branches across Europe.
All of the aforementioned branches, with the exception of five, are found within the Philippine Embassy as well as the Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO).
ASEAN Countries SSS Offices
|Brunei||Embassy of the Philippines, Simpang 336, Diplomatic Enclave, Kampung Kianggeh Jalan Kebangsaan Bandar Seri Brunei Darussalam||(673) 222-1173||[email protected]|
|Hong Kong||Philippine Consulate General 14th Floor United Ctr Building, 95 Queensway, Admiralty HongKong, SAR||(852) 21436394||[email protected]|
|Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||Embassy of the Philippines, No 1 Jalan Changkat, Kia Peng 50450 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia||(601) 124-123488||[email protected]|
|Macau, SAR of PRC||Philippine Consulate General Units 1404-1406 14/F AIA Tower, Avenida Comercial, De Macau, Macau, SAR||(853) 6641-8717||[email protected]|
|Singapore||Embassy of the Philippines, 20 Nassim Road, 258395, Singapore||(65) 62355604||[email protected]|
|Taipei, Taiwan||Manila Economic and Cultural Office, No. 55, 57 Zhouzi Street, Neihu District, Taipei City, Taiwan, Republic of China||886 (02) 26588151||[email protected]|
|Kaohsiung, Taiwan||Manila Economic and Cultural Office, 9th Floor Grand 50 Tower, No. 80 MIN TZU, 1st Road Kaohsiung, Taiwan||(886) 0981822016||N/A|
SSS Branches in Middle Eastern Countries
|Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates||Embassy of the Philippines, W-48 Street Number 8, Sector 2-23, Plot 51, Al Qubaisat, Abu Dhabi, UAE||(971) 24465122||[email protected]|
|Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia||Philippine Overseas Labor Office Ground Floor, Gulf Center Building, Al Khobar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia||(9665) 5890-3597||[email protected]|
|Bahrain||Embassy of the Philippines, Villa no. 939, Road No 3320 blk 332, Mahooz Area Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain||(973) 36906218||[email protected]|
|Doha, Qatar||Philippine Overseas Labor Office 20th Floor Al Jazeera Tower, Westbay Area, Doha, Qatar||(974) 448-83858||[email protected]|
|Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Philippine Overseas Labor Office, 35 Beirut Street, Extension 2, Al Qusais 3, Dubai, UAE||(971) 56212-3426||[email protected]|
|Jeddah, Saudi Arabia||Philippine Consulate General Building number 4663, Fajer Street, Al Rehab District 3, P. O. Box 4794 Jeddah 21412, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia||(966) 53 8501047||[email protected]|
|Jordan||Philippine Overseas Labor Office 113 Al Manar Building, Khalili, Yassis Al Talhoni Street, Dier Ghabar Amman, Jordan||N/A||N/A|
|Kuwait||POLO-OWWA Block 1 street 101, Villa 816 & 817, Al Siddeeq Area, 47721 State of Kuwait||(965) 6097-1901||[email protected]|
|Muscat, Oman||Embassy of the Philippines Building no. 1041/1043, Way no. 3015, Al Kharijiya Street, Shatti Al Qurum, Muscat, Sultanate of Oman||N/A||[email protected]|
|Riyadh, KSA||Embassy of the Philippines Site D4, Collector Road C, Diplomatic Quarters, Riyadh 11693, KSA, P. O. Box 94366||(9665) 54782440||[email protected]|
SSS Foreign Branches in Europe
|London, United Kingdom||Embassy of the Philippines, No. 11 Suffolk Street, London SW1Y 4HG, United Kingdom||(4207) 451-1830||[email protected]|
|Milan, Italy||Philippine Consulate General Viale Stelvio, 71-Via Bernina 18, 20159 Milan, Italy||(3902) 4351-1953||[email protected]|
|Rome, Italy||Embassy of the Philippines, Viale Delle Medaglie D’ Oro, 112-114, 00136, Rome, Italy||(3906) 3973-9341||[email protected]|
North American International SSS Contact Information
|Calgary, Canada||Philippine Consulate General, Suite 920, 517 10th Avenue, Southwest, Calgary Alberta, Canada||(587) 8343330||[email protected]|
|Toronto, Canada||Philippine Consulate General 202 160 Eglinton Avenue East, Toronto, Ontario Canada M4P (3B5)||(1416) 4852999||[email protected]|
|California, USA||Philippine Consulate General, 447 Sutter Street, 2nd Floor, Suite 203, San Francisco, California, USA, 94108||(1415) 757-0641||[email protected]|