SSS saving schemes with 7.2% returns to boost retirement fund


The Social Security System (SSS) said June 10 that its members can boost their retirement and savings through the MySSS Pension Booster program, which offers a projected 7.2 percent annual return rate.

SSS president and chief executive officer Rolando Ledesma Macasaet said that SSS renamed the Worker’s Investment and Savings Program (WISP) and WISP Plus into the MySSS Pension Booster, to reflect the primary goal of the savings program of boosting their retirement funds.

“Aside from renaming the program, we also want to reposition the MySSS Pension Booster to cater more to corporate managers and executives, doctors, lawyers, OFWs, Filipino expats, seafarers, and young professionals, among others, as we have identified their need for bigger retirement funds,” he said in a statement. “We do not lose sight of the other SSS members through other programs, but our rebranding is a move towards capturing those who want to invest more and can invest more to enroll in the MySSS Pension Booster.”

Macasaet said that by making retirement the top priority of these members early on, they can ensure that they have ample time to reach their retirement goals. “Now is the best time to start building your retirement fund with the help of SSS.”

He urged members to take control of their retirement planning by utilizing the MySSS Pension Booster program, which supplements the members’ savings to enhance the retirement benefit they can get under the regular SSS program.

“The MySSS Pension Booster is not just an ordinary retirement savings plan. It’s a safe, convenient, and tax-free investment opportunity that allows you to earn income from your contributions. By participating, you can attain your savings goal, ensuring a comfortable retirement,” Macasaet said at the launching.

He said the MySSS Pension Booster savings schemes were part of the reforms introduced in Republic Act 11199, or the Social Security Act of 2018, that was sponsored by Finance Secretary Ralph Recto during his tenure as senator.

Vice president for Benefits Administration Division Joy Villacorta said the MySSS Pension Booster consists of mandatory and voluntary schemes.

The mandatory scheme automatically enrolls members contributing to the regular SSS program, and gives an opportunity to save more beyond the threshold.

“Rest assured, your contributions and earnings to the MySSS Pension Booster are in safe hands. As a member of this program, you will have your account managed by the SSS, where we will place your contributions and interest earnings. Your MySSS Pension Booster contributions for the mandatory scheme are paid together with your regular SSS contributions,” Villacorta explained.

The voluntary scheme, on the other hand, requires interested members to enroll in the savings plan, through their My.SSS account. Those applying for the issuance of a Social Security (SS) Number may also enroll in the program already by accepting the terms and conditions.

“For as low as P500 per payment in the voluntary scheme, members can add to their savings which grows over time. It’s a flexible scheme as members may contribute any amount, with the maximum based on limits set by our collection partners,” Villacorta said.

She said that for urgent cash needs, they can withdraw their total contributions, including its investment earnings, because SSS allows partial or full withdrawal of their savings in the program. “However, we encourage you to stay in the program for at least five years to maximize the potential earnings on your savings.”

For those who want to use their savings to augment their retirement funds, they have the option to get their total contributions plus interest when they get their retirement, total disability or death benefits from the regular SSS program, which is also tax-free. ||