Special Leave Benefit vs. SSS Sickness Benefit

Updated March 10, 2018

Can I avail of the Special Leave Benefit and SSS Sickness Benefit at the same time for the same surgery and the same dates?

Yes. These 2 benefits are different. They are given by different institutions.

Your Magna Carta of Women Special Leave Benefit will be given by your employer while your SSS Sickness Benefit will be given by SSS.

Will I file 2 sets of documents?

Yes. To your employer, you will submit documents required by your employer. To SSS, you will file documents required by SSS.

Note: There are employers who are kinder and more understanding, meaning they will just require photocopies of those you submit to the SSS. Other employers will require ORIGINAL copies. So ask your HR in advance so you can request for 2 sets of ORIGINAL copies from your OB/gyne surgeon and from the hospital.

Do I need to inform my employer in advance if I plan to avail of my Magna Carta Special Leave Benefit?

Yes. This is important. Your employer needs to know. Unless your gynecological surgery is an emergency, it is required that you inform your employer in advance so they can prepare for your absence and so you can also ask about the documents they require.

I’ve read the Magna Carta of Women Special Leave Benefit policies of some companies and their notification policy is at least 5 days prior to surgery.

If your surgery is not an emergency, your employer has the right not to give you your special leave benefit if you do not inform them in advance.

Where can I find the relevant provision in the Magna Carta Law for Women?

It’s found in the DOLE Department Order No. 112-A Series of 2012, issued May 22, 2012,
titled “Amending the Guidelines on the Implementation of the Special Leave Benefit for Women Employees in the Private Sector”

Section 7. Special leave benefit vis-a-vis SSS sickness benefit.
– The special leave benefit is different from the SSS sickness benefit. The former is granted by the employer in accordance with RA 9710, as implemented under this Rules.It is granted to a woman employee who has undergone surgery due to gynecological disorder. The SSS sickness benefit, on the other hand, is administered and given by the SSS in accordance with the SSS law or RA 1161, as amended by RA 8282.

How many leave days can I avail of?
It depends on how many leave days your OB/gyne wil recommend and write on the medical certificate.

Based on the guide released by the Civil Service Commission for women employees in the public sector:
Minor Surgeries — 2 weeks of leave or less

Major Surgeries — up to 60 days


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  1. Hi po . Nid ko po ng immediate response … mrs Nora. Pinipilit po Kc ng hr namin na iisa lng daw po ang Magna Carta sa sss po. So sinasabi nila isa lng ang pwede ko Po ma i claim. Un daw po sabi ng dole at ng sss sa knila. Hndi daw dn po ako dpat mag base Sa cnsbi nio lng dto Sa online Po. Kc galing daw po ng sss at ng dole Ung cnsbi nila. Nag file po ako Kc nagkaroon po ako ng minor operation ng cyst po..

  2. Hi mae joy, ang basis ay yong ibinigay na number of leave days ng OB who did your surgery, na yon din yong number of days na nag-leave ka. Puede mong puntahan ang accounting dept nio at tanungin kung bakit ganun ang payment. At saka, bakit hours ang ginamit? dapat days. Your daily rate x number of days.

  3. Ask lang po is it right Na bawasan ng company young magna carta benefits making??

  4. mae joy rorrefranca

    Hi ma’am..just this week natanggap ko lang along magna carta amounting to 25k or equivalent to 400hours.is it right Na bawasan nla ng 200hours Na sickleave?
    D ba entitled man knows ng 60 days?
    Any case ko po ay bilateral endometriosis nag undergo po all ng total hesterectomy.

  5. Hi Mae, maternity leave ang na-file mo? Ibig sabihin, nanganak ka via CS then nakasabay sa CS mo yong opera sa iyong fallopian tube?

  6. Hi mam nor,
    Tanong lng po kc aq po ay na undergo for gynecoligical dis order ,naoperahan po aq s aking fallopian tube,ngfile po aq ng maternity leave,,dn nlaman q dn about magnacarta sbi po ng company hndi na po aq pwdi mababayaran kc nkafile na aq ng maternity and malaki n dw ung binayad ni sss.wla po akng na claim.

  7. Hi Marinelle, if you have properly notified your employer about using your Magna Carta leave, you should use your 60-day leave under Magna Carta, and not your sick leave. You said you have availed of your sick leave. Ask your HR if you can reverse your sick leave, and use your 60-day Magna Carta leave instead. If the sick leave cannot be reversed, you still deserve 60 days (if you properly notified), with you having a total of 71 days of recuperation.

  8. Hi Ms. Nora!
    I was having a dilemma on the computation of my magna carta. I availed my sick leave for 11 working days. My ob gyne doctor advised me for a 60 day leave. Should my magna carta benefit be for the whole two months or only for the 49 days? Thank you.

  9. Hi oss, politely tell them na nakalagay sa Special Leave law na separate ang Special Leave at sickness benefit. Nasa Section 7 ng DOLE Department Order No. 112-A. Ang double compensation ay yong pag-claim ng sickness benefit and maternity benefit with SSS for the same time period. Andito ba sa list of covered gynecological surgeries ang surgery mo?

  10. Hi,

    Need immediate response I already claim the magna carta special benefit for women, after I filed for sss sickness benefit, but as per our HR I cannot claim both coz it is a double compensation, how come?

  11. Hi I am pregnant, am i eligible for this benefit?

  12. Hi guys.. may question ako. Ang sabi pwede ko ma-avail ang sss sickness benefits and magnacarta. Pero dito sa company namen. Hinde daw pwede kasi double compensation daw yun.

    Need help guys. Can anyone help me?

    Thanks in advance!

  13. Hi thanks for this page, nag.undergo po ako ng COMPLETE CURETTAGE Sept9,2917., was admitted starting Sept6. Since pang.5 na anak ko na po dna aq pwd sa Maternity leave n sinasabi nla sakn. Na.file po ng HR ung (SSS) Sickness Notification babayaran daw po po for 15days..no such idea kng mgkano dn. 5days po ako na.admit then 10days Homerest. Pwede p po b ako ng.file ng Magna Carta na hindi po ako na.inform ng HR na me ganun p Benefits n pwd ko ma.ifile. Ano po gagawin ko.

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  15. Hi. I am an SSS member and was actively paying as an employee in a private company from 1990 to 2001. I have a more than a 10 year contributions. I stopped paying since I entered the government service. I underwent hysterectomy just a few weeks ago. Can I still avail of the sickness benefits from SSS? Thank you.

  16. Can I still file for special leave benefit even if my surgery happened last January? I didnt know I can file a claim under MCW since I was only confined for 1 day and had undergone D&C endometrial sampling (biopsy).

  17. Hi po, naoperahan po ako ng MRM last nov 14, 2016 dahil po sa breast cancer and that time employed pa din ako.. So pasok po ako sa major operation ng magna carta w/c is 60 days leave.. Complete requirements po ako and aside po sa accredited surgeon ko na nagbigay ng medcert ko pinagawa din po ng hr namin ang doctor ng company ng medcert para sa magna carta at sinulat din po nya dun 60 days leave.. Pero po ang inapproved lang sa kin ng hr ay 30 days instead of 60 days na declaired ng dole.. Ano pong gagawin ko? Sana po matulungan nyo ko.. Salamat po

  18. Hi po!. Ask ko lang po kung nauna ko pong ifile ung sss sickness kesa sa magna carta ,yung makukuha ko po sa magna carta ay ileless po ba dpt ung sa sss? Salamat po sa reply.

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