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 mam nora, ngayon ko lang po nalaman itong special leave for women nag ask din po ako sa hr namin hindi rin po alam ito. Last year oct.2017 ako po ay naraspa dahil nagka uterine bleeding po ako at the age 47 so binigyan ako ng 15 days na mag rest so ginamit ko yong leave ko sa company.yong doctor ko pinag gamot ako ng 6 months kc ang biopsy ay simple hyperplasia. After 6 months na gamot ganon din hindi nakuha sa gamot so this june 2018 na raspa po ako ulit same biopsy so ang best remedy po ay na total hysterectomy po ako this july 13, 2018. Binigyan po ako ng 60 days na maka recover from my operation. Ask ko po ma avail ko po ba itong magna carta for special leave for women kung hindi alam ng hr namin saan ko pwedeng hingin iyong memorandum nito. Salamat

  2. Hi Ms Nora,

    Thank you for your previous advice, I already filed for magna carta leave and our HR required me to consult our company doctor, who recommended and approves my request upon submission of my medical certificate from my OB and other related medical records. Since late ko na po nalaman na may ganitong leave at di na ako qualified for maternity leave, nagamit ko na rin po yung vacation at sick leaves ko last month. Pero sabi po nila na possible din na ma reverse yung used up leaves ko kapalit ng pag apply ng special leave ko.
    Hindi ko pa po naitatanong yung SSS sickness benefit kasi baka magka post operation pa po ulit ako at di pa naman po ako lumalampas sa 60 days from my operation. Tsaka worried po kasi ako na pag nadisapproved sa SSS ay baka madisapproved din yun magna carta leave ko. Qualified po ba ako sa SSS sickness benefit kahit na maternity related yung case ko. i am indeed under age 45, pero if i get back to work after the 60 days approved leave, will i still be qualified with the SSS partial disability benefit?

  3. Hi Arnie, sa SSS sickness benefit rule, dapat nagamit mo na lahat ang paid company sick leave mo, pero kung many days ang ibinigay na leave ng OB-gyne mo, puede ka pa ring mag-file kasi SSS will deduct the unused company leaves mo from the total leaves approved by SSS.

  4. Will you still be Eligible for SSS Sickness claim aside from Magna Carta even if you have not used up your Sick leaves?

  5. Hi Phitzie, check your medical report and see the reasons for your total hysterectomy. Meron bang na-mention na cysts or growths or abscess or abnormalities? at kung meron, puede kang mag-file for Magna Carta leave with your employer. Kung walang na-mention, ask your ob-gyne if there were cysts or abnormalities, kaya ka na-hysterectomy para ma-file mo for Magna Carta leave. Nag-file ka na ng sickness benefit with SSS? If you are under age 45, after using up your 60 or 72 days SSS sickness leave, you can file for SSS partial disability benefit arising from your total hysterectomy. If you have time later on, can you please comment here again and inform us if your partial disability claim was approved and how many months of pension were granted to you. And thanks a lot.

  6. hi. naoperahan po ako last may 21 2018. it was supposed to be my 5th pregnancy pero naging miscarriage, namatay yung 8 months baby namin sa tyan ko due to complications. thus i underwent emergency hysterotomy with total abdominal hysterectomy. am i qualified for the special sick leave since i underwent surgical hysterectomy? my ob recommended 72 days rest. although maternity related yung case ko, wala na akong an avail na maternity leave benefit kasi pang 5th pregnancy ko na.

  7. Hi rochelle, kung na-claim na ang maternity benefit, hindi na puedeng i-file for sickness benefit yong raspa kasi the date of your D&C is within your maternity leave. Walang double compensation from SSS for the same period of time. Yong sa Special Leave, hindi qualified yong raspa performed kasi naraspa dahil sa child birth, hindi dahil sa gynecological illness. Bukod diyan, meron ding notification period sa Special Leave. Kung hindi mo pa na-file yong maternity benefit claim mo, you can still file your claim.

  8. Good day!tanong ko lang po kung pwede ifile ng sabay ang maternity at raspa D&C kasi po after ko manganak after 4 days niraspa po ako kasi may naiwan palang inunan sa loob ng matres ko.seven years ago na din po at wala na ako ngayon sa aking dating company.
    salamat po sa sagot.

  9. Hi Mae, sorry, based sa Special Leave rules, ang fallopian tube operation due to ectopic pregnancy ay hindi qualified sa Special Leave kasi ang dahilan ng operation ay hindi gynecological disease katulad ng tumors, cysts, cancerous masses, adhesions and abscesses in the reproductive organs. May list dito ng covered gynecological surgeries. Yong sa SSS maternity benefit rules, nasa list ang giving birth (normal or CS), miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy with our without operation, and hydatidiform mole.
    Bukod doon sa dahilan na hindi qualified ang ectopic pregnancy, required din ang notification for Special Leave to the company prior to operation. Kung emergency operation, excused ang notification. best regards

  10. Maternity dn ung bnigay ng company skin pra mg file..advise 60days po ang rest q. Nun.at sbi pa ni company double compensation na dw un.at un dn sbi skin ni dole..iisa lng dwatska mam nora hndi po aq nanganak..naoperahan po aq sa fallopiantube bcoz of my ectopic pregnancy.

  11. 2014 po aq na operahn s fallopian tube q dhil sa ectopic pregnancy at di q po alam about magna carta for women,,,nlman q po last 2016,kc nabanggit po un sa na attend q ng seminar na pwdi png habulin.ngfile po aq ng special lev for women,lahat po ng medication cert.at un nga po dis yr lng sbi hndi n dw pwdi aq mka avail dhil po ung gynecological q ay about sa pagbubuntis q.na nkuha ung fallopiantube q po.at un din sbi n dole skin na di na pwdi kc nbyaran na aq ni sss.ano po bah ang tama mam nora.tnx po sa pgsagot

  12. Hi mam nora,hndi po aq nangank via cs,,naoperahn po ako s fallopian tube dhil sa ectopic pregnancy q po.dhil hndi q po alam about sa magna carta for women ay maternity po ung na file s akin.nong nlman qo po ng file aq at lstyr sbi ng company nmin hndi na po aq pwdi mgfile kasi po bnayaran na aq ni sss…

  13. Hi Janette po ng Pasay city, tanong ko lng po kasi nag d&C procedure po ako para alisin yun polyps sa matress ko, nag submit po ako ng docs sa hr after 3 days ng procedure and aware nman po sila na mag under gone ako ng procedure specially supervisor ko pero hindi nila ako na inform regarding special leave, binigyan po ako ng 2 weeks rest ng ob ko at isinubmit ko po sa office yung mga necessary docs, pwede ko ba din yun gamitin para iapply sa special leave s office?

  14. 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..

  15. 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.

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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?

  19. 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.

  20. 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.

  21. 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.

  22. 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?

  23. 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?

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

  25. 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!

  26. 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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  28. 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.

  29. 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).

  30. 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

  31. 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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