Workers who employ household helpers or "kasambahay" are not exempted from the increase in Social Security System (SSS) contributions.
Contributions will rise across the board, said SSS president and chief executive officer Emmanuel Dooc in an interview broadcast over DZMM. While employees who also pay for their househelp's SSS contributions will see it as paying the fund twice, they should look at the increases as investments for their future and their helpers.
“It should be treated as a form of savings. Hindi ito isang pabigat. Ito ay ibabalik sa kanila kapag nag-retire sila. Dalawa ang dagok sa iyo, take it as an incentive, as an investment,” he said.
(It should be treated as a form of savings. This is not a burden. This will come back to them when they retire. You will pay twice, but you should take it as an incentive, as an investment.)
The same goes for voluntary contributors, Dooc said.
“Ganoon din po ang treatment sa kanila, wala namang pagkakaiba sa mga manggagawa natin.”
(They will be treated the same, there is no difference among workers.)
Under existing SSS guidelines, employers whose helpers earn less than P5,000 per month are required to shoulder 100 percent of their kasambahay’s contribution. If a helper earns P5,000 or more every month, premiums will be divided between the employer and employee based on SSS’s contribution matrix.
Self-employed or voluntary contributors, meanwhile, currently pay premiums ranging from P110 to P1,760 depending on their monthly income.