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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

How to Know the SSS Contributions Online and Text Messaging?

When you want to know how much you had paid on your monthly Philippine Social Security Systems (SSS) contributions for the past few years of your work, you have to go to the SSS office and fall in the long queue.

At the end of the line, you can get a piece of paper printed with your contributions.  This is all the same with loan payments and benefits claim.

Until they changed it to an online query type.  Wherein you can register and log in to the SSS website and view your contributions, loan payments and benefit claims online.

How to Check SSS Contributions and Benefits Claim Online?
If you do not have an SSS account, you can visit and register at the Social Security System Online Member User ID Registration portal.

Key in all the details and you can log in at anytime with an internet connection. Here is the link:

SSS Online Member User ID Registration
If you are already registered online, you can visit the SSS Official Website to check the status.

How to Check SSS Contributions Using the SMS Text Service?
Not anyone has an internet connection, but they can also check the status of their SSS contributions, loan payments and benefits claim with the use of their handheld phones through text.

The Social Security System had come up with a text service, TEXT-SSS, for phone text users.  This is more convenient since you only need to send a text inquiry, as explained below, with a minimal fee of P2 or P2.50 pesos.

This will save both the time and money involved in going to the SSS offices.

What are the Advantages?

  • Employees can keep track of their SSS status anytime and anywhere
  • Be on guard against employers who are not paying SSS for their employees
  • Save time and money 
  • No need for queuing at the SSS Offices
  • SSS officers can concentrate on their priorities 

How to Register to TEXT-SSS
Members can register by sending their SSS number and birth date using the format: 

SSS REG <SS Number> <MM/DD/YY>...and send to 2600

SSS text transactions require a Personal Identification Number (PIN) code, which will be sent through text after successful registration.
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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Do You Need A Philippine Regulatory Commission (PRC) License To Work in Singapore?

During the interview for my first job in Singapore, several years ago, I was asked about my credentials and experiences in the Philippines.

The interview was not so tricky to the point that they asked me about "How do you see yourself 5 years from now?" or "What is your greatest strength?".

All were practical questions that were related to the previous jobs and my personality towards work.  It may be because I'm at the entry level or it's just how the company boss' interviews.

What Happened To My PRC License? 
After the interview, I handed them my credentials, passport and Philippine Regulations Commission (PRC) license.  They looked at it one by one and asked me about the first document, it's my degree in college.

As they were holding my passport, they informed me that it will only be photocopied and will be returned thereafter.

So, as they go along with the documents, they saw my PRC license and asked me about it.  I proudly told them that it is the certificate which shows the licence to practice my profession in the Philippines.

They handed it back to me and said they don't need such certificates.

This time, I was thinking that having a license in Philippines doesn't mean something if I work in Singapore.

What Do We Need To Be a Better Employee?
Basing it with the experience of my friends here, companies don't care about the PRC licenses.

Board passers and non-board passers worked together with equal treatment and compensations.

Even if you haven't pass the board exam in Philippines, you can still have the chance to work in Singapore and get a good salary.

The important factor that you need to show is your attitude towards the workplace and the will to improve your skills.

How To Be a Licensed Engineer in Singapore?
To be a licensed Mechanical, Civil, or Electrical Engineer in Singapore, you need to register at the Professional Engineers Board Singapore.  Please follow the link below for further details and requirements.

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