The Social Security System (SSS) now has 13 Branches and two Service Offices (SOs) operating every Saturday to provide Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) data capture service, in addition to the regular operations offered during business days.

“We understand that most of our members are also working during business hours and are unable to go to our offices during weekdays to have their ID data captured. The opening of selected SSS Branches and SOs is our way of extending assistance to members for them to apply for UMID,” Vice President for Member Services Division, Mario Sibucao, said.

In the National Capital Region (NCR), there are eight SSS Branches and one SO with data capture service on Saturdays. These are in Alabang, Diliman, Makati-Gil Puyat, Makati-Ayala, Manila, Pasay-Taft, Pasig-Shaw and San Francisco Del Monte, and the SO in Ali Mall- Cubao.

For Luzon, SSS Branches in Biñan and Dagupan are open every Saturday for data-capture service; while in the Visayas, the branches in Iloilo and Cebu and the SO in Robinsons- Cebu provide the same.

“These selected branches and SOs are open for eight hours a day just like regular working days. SSS Branches are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, while our mall-based SOs operate from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM,” Sibucao added.

SSS also provides data capture service in selected foreign branches that overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can avail of from 8:00AM to 5:00PM, Mondays to Fridays. These foreign branches are located either in the Philippine Embassy, the Philippine Consulate, or the Philippine Labor Office.

“Our OFW members in Abu Dhabi, London, Riyadh, Rome, Singapore and Brunei can go to the Philippine Embassy to apply for UMID. For those in Hong Kong, Jeddah and Milan, they can visit the SSS offices at the Philippine Consulate. Meanwhile, OFWs in Kuwait, Taiwan and Dubai can drop by the Philippine Overseas Labor Office to have their IDs taken,” said Sibucao.

Most SSS Branches already have data capture facilities wherein members can apply for their UMID. Members can go to the nearest branch from 8:00 AM to 5:00PM, Monday to Friday.

Members can also schedule an appointment for data capture via the SSS Website. They must first register online before they can set an appointment. Scheduling of appointment must be done at least three days prior the date in order to allow the system to transmit the request to concerned branches.