SSS Maternity Benefit for Separated (from Employers) Members

During the early stages of my pregnancy, I thought of leaving my work in a BPO company to focus on my pregnancy but I was hindered by a misconception that I can only avail of the SSS Maternity benefit when I'm employed. However, upon reading some forums, I learned that every pregnant member, whether employed or not, is entitled to avail of the maternity benefit. So after careful consideration, I handed my resignation letter to the company's HR officer and a month after, I bade good bye to the company after almost nine years of love-hate relationship.

Separated members shouldn't have hard time processing their SSS Maternity benefit if the HR officer is well-informed regarding this matter or if their is enough information available online. In my case, the HR officer from my former company haven't experienced a case similar to mine and the SSS employee in-charge of receiving the documents is not clear with his instructions regarding the requirements, so it took me a little longer to finish processing. But I wouldn't rant about that since the purpose of this post is to share information to other members whose situation is similar to mine.


So here are the requirements/documents separated SSS members need to submit in order to be granted the SSS Maternity benefit:

  • Maternity notification form duly stamped and received by SSS (MAT 1)
  • Maternity Reimbursement Form
  • UMID or SSS biometrics ID card or two (2) other valid IDs, both with signature and at least one (1) with photo and date of birth
  • Medical certificate (original or certified true/machine copy)
  • Hospital abstract/admitting notes (original or certified true/machine copy)
  • Operating room records (original or certified true/machine copy)
  • Certification from last employer showing the effective date of separation from employment (issued by personnel who is also one of the signatories in the specimen signature card/L501)
  • Certification that no advance payment was granted (if confinement days applied for are within or prior to separation, issued by personnel who is also one of the signatories in the specimen signature card/L501)
  • Certified or authenticated copy of duly registered birth certificate
  • Machine copy of L501 (Specimen signature card)

I completed and submitted all the documents required on June 7, 2016 and the check was issued on June 10. Quezon City post office received the mail on June 16 and arrived at my local post office (Iloilo Province) on June 28. I only claimed the mail on July 5 as the postman in our municipality do not deliver to the address but instead wait for the addressee to claim the mail in the post office. According to the SSS employee I talked too, processing time takes a month to a month and a half but as you can see in my timeline, it only took three weeks which is pretty impressive for a government office. Change must have came! :D

SSS bank is with PNB so I encashed my check there. Note to those members whose last name have special characters like "Ñ", SSS system cannot recognize it so a "?" will appear on your check. The bank will not encash the check unless you have it corrected and signed by two SSS personnel who are authorized to do it.


By the way, SSS reimbursed me Php 41,600 because I gave birth to my son via Caesarian Section and my monthly contribution was Php 1760.

Hoping that you find this post useful and enable you to process your SSS Maternity benefit without so much hassle.


23 comments

  1. Thanks for sharing, this is such a relief. I was terminated due to my pregnancy and health conditions and afraid that I will not get any benefits even If i'm religiously sending contributions to my sss. This really helps a lot.

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  2. Can i still get mine? Like you i thought that i cannot get this benefit when im not employed...i got pregnant when ii had finished my contract with my last work...so i did not have the chance to file the mat1. My son now is already 8 years old can i still have the chance to use my maternity benefit? Thank you and God bless.

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    1. Hi Petra!

      Thank you for your comment and sorry for the late reply. I'm not sure if you can still file a claim eight years after giving birth. I remember when I was processing my maternity benefit, the officer in-charged mentioned that I have one year (after giving birth) to process my claim. But you can ask them to be sure.

      Hope this help.

      Cecille

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  3. Hi, just wanna clarify. Pwede na po ba akong magrequest ng
    -Certification of Separation
    -Non-Cash Advance Payment of Maternity Benefit from last employer
    -Copy of L501 (Specimen Signature Card) of employer duly received by SSS

    kahit hindi pa ako nanganganak? Expected Date of delivery ko po is on Oct 2, 2017.

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    1. Yes, I requested for mine before my last day at work (a month before I give birth). However, I only requested for the L501 after giving birth because that's the only time I was told na needed yun. Hindi alam ng company HR na kailangan yun.

      Hope this helps! :)

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  4. What about still employed parin and nag leave lang ako from work ng 2mos, do i need to get cert.of separation ?? Nag leave ako ng 9mos na pinagbubuntis ko, bali Aug 04,2017 ako nag leave then This Aug 21,2017 ako nanganak then balik ulet ako ng work this coming 0ct.04,2017 .. panu po kaya yun ? Saka ano po mga req ? Pwedi kaya ako na maglakad ng mat-2 or still yung employer ko parin mag file nun .. kase sa mat-1 ko sila po nag file ..

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    1. Hi! If you are still employed, then you do not need all the documents listed above. This is only for SSS members who left their jobs before giving birth. Also, if you are employed, your company (particularly your HR officer) should have helped you in processing your maternity benefit. As far as I know, advance binibigay ng company ang maternity benefit sa mga employees who are about to give birth.

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  5. What if my previous employer don't want to release these 3 documents. Is there something i could do?
    Separated march 2017
    Expected delivery november 2017

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    1. Why not? I think you better consult with SSS so they can help you regarding this matter.

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  6. Hi mam, Good day!
    Ask lang po for idea, i was gave birth to my youngest last feb 10 2009, hindi po ako employed that time because nag closed na ung company na pinapasukan ko before. and now i am employed for 8 years to my present employer. ma avail ko p b yung maternity leave ko?
    thank you and God bless

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    1. Hi! Are you pregnant now? If yes, then makaka-avail ka ng maternity leave when you give birth. But if you are referring to your pregnancy in 2009, then I am not sure if you can still claim eight years after. Were you a member na before you get pregnant?

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  7. How about if i cant get certificate of saration from my company?! Bcoz i dnt know if my hr have recieved my resignation letter.. ksi po nung time na naconfirm ko na buntis ako and high risk hndi na ko pumasok ksi ngspotting ako nung first trimester ko.. sna masgot nyo po ako.. kung mkaka avail pa ba ako ng maternity khit wla akong c.ofseparation from my company?! Thank u!.

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    1. Hi Chel! Thank you for reading my post. SSS is kinda strict with the requirements especially that there is money involved. You really have to coordinate with your former company so you can avail your maternity benefit. Have you submitted your MAT1 already? It is important that you submit it as soon as you found out that you are pregnant, or at least before you give birth.

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  8. hello po. need p po ba mgsign ng previous employer ko sa mat2 form q? resigned na po q by september. then normal delivery po aq last october 2.

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    1. Hi Renz! Thank you for reading my post. As far as I can remember, no need na for the employer to sign your MAT2.

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  9. Hi! Im Kim.

    Do I still need to submit the following documents if I am already 5mos separated from my employer from the date of my delivery and have already changed my status from employed to voluntary sss member?

    Certification from last employer showing the effective date of separation from employment (issued by personnel who is also one of the signatories in the specimen signature card/L501)
    Certification that no advance payment was granted (if confinement days applied for are within or prior to separation, issued by personnel who is also one of the signatories in the specimen signature card/L501)

    I resigned may2017, gave birth october 2017. I paid my contribution as an sss voluntary member prior to my delivery. I will really appreciate if you can answer my question.

    Thank you.

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    1. Hi! Thank you for your comment. I'm not sure about your case. Better consult with SSS personnel for advice. :)

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  10. what if awol ako sa company maselan kasi ako magbuntis eh ayaw ako payagan mag leave kelangan ko pa ba ng cert of separation, non ca and copy of L501. thanks

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    1. Hi!

      Thank you for your comment and sorry for the late reply. I suggest you seek advice from SSS regarding your case as I can only speak for situations similar to mine.

      Cecille

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  11. Hi PO!
    Pwede PO b magprocess Ng maternity benefits sa any sss branch kapag separated n from employer?

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  12. Hello po..pwede po magtanong about specimen card na kelangan for separated employee,kasi yan nlng kelangan q,eh hindi maibigay bigay nung previous employer q kasi daw sa aq na daw dapat magprocess nun.eh updated specimen card nung company yung hinihingi sakin ng taga sss. I was separated from my employer last june and expected delivery q january next year. May copy po ba yung employer nung specimen card?

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    1. Hi!

      Thank you for your comment. If hindi nila papahiram sa'yo ang specimen card, saan ka kukuha nun kasi sila nga ang previous employer mo? Hihiramin mo lang naman and pa-photocopy then balik mo din agad. Sa employer ang specimen card. In my case, I got it from the HR officer of my previous company.

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