The Social Security System (SSS) has allocated P250 million for the 13th month pay of its pensioners in the Western Mindanao area.

Napoleon Rabanal II, SSS Western Mindanao senior communication analyst, on Saturday said the pay will be released by the end of the month but not later than December 8.

Rabanal said there are 43,949 pensioners in Western Mindanao who will receive bonus, which is the same amount to their monthly pension. Of the total, 18,677 of them are from this city.

SSS-Western Mindanao office covers the Zamboanga Peninsula provinces of Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur as well as Zamboanga City and the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi that are part of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Meanwhile, Rabanal appealed the pensioners to comply with the Annual Confirmation of Pensioners (ACOP), which requires them to visit the SSS office once a year, specifically during birth month.

The compliance of the ACOP requirement is to ensure the continuous payment of the SSS member’s monthly pension.

It is also to ensure that the pensioner is still living and receives the monthly pension.

Rabanal said they have already requested the partner banks of SSS to make the necessary preparation for the release of the 13th month bonus. (PNA)

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