FALSE: SSS ‘approves P20,000 aid for every member’ due to coronavirus


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FALSE: SSS ‘approves P20,000 aid for every member’ due to coronavirus
The Social Security System has not announced such financial assistance

Claim: The Social Security System (SSS) “approved financial aid worth P20,000 for every member,” to assist those affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

A number of website links were shared on Facebook carrying this claim. The thumbnails showed a photo of President Rodrigo Duterte and a statement attributed to him that said: “Panoorin ang video kung paano i-claim ang emergency bonus (Watch the video to know how to claim the emergency bonus).”

When clicked, the website pages showed a video that played for a few seconds. A pop-up appeared shortly after, asking the viewer to share the link on their Facebook profile to “uncover” the rest of the video.

Several readers sent the claim to Rappler’s email for verification. Facebook’s monitoring tool Claim Check also flagged at least 30 unique links from 4 websites: dohnotice.ml, randomnames.club, gmanetworkupdates.ml, and sssupdates.ml. Claim Check spotted the first post on March 18.

Rating: FALSE

The facts: The SSS has not announced such financial aid for every member. On its official Facebook page, the SSS denied the claim, saying it was “fake news.”

The original clip shared by the websites also linked to a video uploaded on the YouTube account of the SSS titled “Usapang SSS – OFW Coverage Program.” It was streamed on April 17, 2016 – way before the coronavirus outbreak began.

What the SSS is offering, instead, are unemployment benefits for all members laid off due to the pandemic. (READ: FAST FACTS: What is the SSS unemployment benefit?)

Eligible members will be paid an average monthly salary credit for a maximum of two months. The Department of Finance earlier said that P20,000 is the maximum cash benefit per member, based on the monthly salary credit table. – Pauline Macaraeg/Rappler.com

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