The Social Security System (SSS) will setup a Help Desk in the City Government of Valenzuela on May 20, 2015 to assist the families of the victims of fire that ravaged a factory in the city last Wednesday.

Located at the Audio Visual Room of the Valenzuela City Hall, the SSS Help Desk will be open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.  Beneficiaries are advised to bring pertinent documents such as payslips, employment contracts and valid IDs to file their SSS claims. For employees who were injured from the accident, they should present their medical certificates.

The Local Government Unit is now in the process of collecting the names of all the victims – dead or injured and verifying them with the SSS membership database.

“We have to get the actual list of the victims so that we can verify and match it with our record. So far, based on our initial verification of data, the employer is compliant with the payment of SSS contributions. But I understand it has engaged the services of some manpower agencies who might be non-compliant with SSS. We are now investigating this,” said Vice President Marissu G. Bugante of the SSS Public Affairs and Special Events Division.

Survivors of deceased SSS members could claim for funeral benefits of P20,000 and death benefits either in lump sum payment or monthly pension. They could also claim for funeral benefits under the Employees’ Compensation Program.