Disability disbursement down 13%

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    The disbursements made by the Social Security System (SSS) for disability benefits in 2020 fell from the previous year’s level due to the limited mobility of members and pensioners amid the restrictions.

    The pension fund said in a statement yesterday it disbursed P6.23 billion for disability benefits in 2020, lower by 12.6 percent from the previous year. The amount covers payouts to 118,755 beneficiaries.

    “We facilitated the use of the dropbox system to minimize face-to-face transactions to curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Our top priority is the health and safety of our transacting members and our employees,” Aurora Ignacio, SSS president and chief executive officer, said.

    “We have pushed for the digitalization of all our services amid the pandemic. However, we are already working on disability and death benefits to be included in the pipeline soon for the safety and convenience of our members,” she added.