Last week was a very fulfilling week for me.
First, I am still high from my talk in front of my 3rd grade son’s class as an alumnus of the school. It was very motivating for me to share about my experiences as a freelancer, entrepreneur, podcaster and author.
I hope to be able to inspire them to follow their dreams and to believe in themselves (even if others around them don’t) . Hence, our mantra: “Anything is possible!” I love you guys.
Second, I was able to accomplish one thing that has been in my to-do list for the past 3 months.
Since, I retired from my corporate job last June, my Social Security System (SSS) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (Philhealth) records have not been updated and left unpaid because of my laziness (haha).
C’mon, I’ve been working for 18 years, man. Give me naman 2 months of relaxing and letting me take a break from my “duties”.
But I realized that it was my loss if I didn’t update and settle my dues to both government institutions. First, failing to continue to pay my SSS may have an effect on my pension when I reach “retirement” age (60 years old). Second and most crucial, failing also to pay my Philhealth may disqualify me for availing of health benefits such as hospitalization in case of emergency (knock on wood!).
I was supposed to go only to Philhealth first because of the reason above. I was supposed to go to the Las Pinas branch (the nearest one in our area) until I found this article in the web: www.philhealth.gov.ph/news/2014/lhio_bgc.html
Philhealth SM Aura BGC!
It’s located at the 7th floor of the Global City Business Center of SM Aura Tower, along McKinley Parkway and C5 Road cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.
Perfect! I was so happy to find out that there’s a Philhealth near my kids’ school and my wife’s office.
When I arrived in the 7th floor SM Aura, I was surprised to learn that not only Philhealth was there but also SSS, Pag-ibig and Philpost!
I was able to pay my unpaid Philhealth premiums and also made advance payments up to the end of the year. Then I was able to get my new Philhealth card and print-out of my updated Philhealth MDR (Member Data Record).
So after finishing my business at the Philhealth, I headed straight to the SSS office in the same floor (about 20 steps away).
Not only was I able to update my SSS contributions, I was able to inquire about my SSS loan and contribution history through the SSS Self Service terminal.
What’s more, I was able to have my online password for SSS.gov.ph reset.
All of these I was able to do in under 2 hours. Amazing!
So, for more details on how I did it and for my tips, please listen to the podcast by clicking the “play” button on top of this post.
Links and Resources
- Philhealth website
- Philhealth MDR
- Philhealth Card
- SSS website
- SSS Contributions Payment Form
- SSS Contribution Schedule
- Thanks to my podcast editor Riche Atos for this splendid podcast episode. If you need superior podcast editing, I would highly recommend Riche. You may reach her at email@example.com
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