As we discussed in a previous episode of our organization’s radio show “the PWDPhil Hour” on Radyo Pilipinas 2 (918 KHz AM), we made a study on why there have been so much confusion about TAHBSO and Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 about not being eligible for the PWD ID, because people have heard rumors that these two medical conditions can make one eligible for the PWD ID. And the confusion is further reinforced by some gynecologists who believe that not being able to have children should be considered a disability.
TAHBSO or Total Abdominal Hysterectomy with Bilateral Salpingo-Oophorectomy involves the removal of a woman’s uterus thus will be unable to bear children. The PDAO will tell you that after TAHBSO you will still not qualify for a PWD ID, simply because it is not considered to be a disability at all. Others have argued that TAHBSO is the same as organ removal, in the same way that a kidney is removed or replaced. Organ removal and transplantation is usually considered as a disability and according to the PDAO’s cheat sheet, transplant recipients and donors alike qualify for the PWD ID. Thus the confusion.
The Social Security System or the SSS have a different set of criteria and regards disability differently. And as a result, the SSS considers both TAHBSO and diabetes as eligible for the disability benefit. TAHBSO falls under the “removal of an organ” category, as well as diabetes itself. However, there are some preconditions before the disability benefit can be approved and given out. See the chart below and see all categories that qualify for this benefit from the SSS.
SSS also provides a cash benefit to members with partial or total permanent disability. The disability pension ranges from PHP 1,000 to PHP 2,400 per month, along with a PHP 500 supplemental allowance.
To qualify, a member must have paid at least one-month contribution before the semester of disability. Disabled and qualified SSS members receive the benefit either as a lump sum (for members who have paid less than 36 monthly contributions) or a monthly pension (for those with at least 36 monthly contributions.)