SSS website screening cash aid application down for 3rd day

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Posted at Apr 21 2020 10:46 AM | Updated as of Apr 21 2020 11:04 AM

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MANILA - A website of the Social Security System that was supposed to screen applications for cash aid for 3.4 million workers of small businesses was down for the 3rd straight day on Tuesday. 

The website "has been on downtime" since Saturday after applications for the Small Business Wage Subsidy "surpassed the computing capacity of the system," the SSS said on Twitter.

"Sobrang dami, hindi kinaya ng website so nag-down siya," said SSS Acting Vice President for Public Affairs and Special Events Fernando Nicolas. 

(There were too many applications. The website can't handle it so it went down.)

The SSS will e-mail employers on how to send requirements for the subsidy. Businesses whose e-mail addresses are not on the records of SSS will be given "most probably tomorrow" a schedule for accessing the website, he said. 

"Hindi po kakayanin talaga ng website na lahat po magsabay-sabay ang ating employers," Nicolas said. 

(The website will bog down if our employers will apply all at once.) 

Some 3.4 million workers stand to get P5,000 to P8,000 from the subsidy program that mirrors the Duterte administration's cash assistance program for 18 million poor families during the lockdown of Luzon to stop the novel coronavirus pandemic, Cabinet Secretary Karlo Nograles earlier said. 

The national government provided the funds for the Small Businesses Wage Subsidy program while SSS was only a "conduit" for applications. The self-employed and voluntary members of the agency are not among the program's beneficiaries, said Nicolas. 
 
"Baka po may ibang programa ang gobyerno para sa kanila," he said. 

(The government may have a different program for them.) 

Luzon, home to some 50 million people, is on lockdown until April 12. 

The government will release the subsidy for small businesses between May 1 and 15 for the first tranche and between May 15 and 31 for the second tranche.