Under RA 7699, otherwise known as the Portability Law, government retirees who do not meet the required number of years provided under PD 1146 and RA 8291 may still avail themselves of retirement and other benefits.
Under this law, retirees may combine their years of service in the private sector represented by contributions to the Social Security System (SSS) with their government service and contributions to the GSIS to satisfy the required years of service under PD 1146 and RA 8291.
However, if retirees have already satisfied the required years of service under the GSIS retirement option they have chosen, they would not be allowed to incorporate their contributions to the SSS anymore for availment of additional benefits.
In case of death, disability and old age, the periods of creditable services or contributions to the SSS and GSIS shall be added to entitle retirees to receive the benefits under either PD 1146 or RA 8291.
If qualified under RA 8291, all the benefits shall apply EXCEPT the cash payment. The Portability Law provides that only benefits common to both Systems (GSIS and SSS) shall be paid. Cash payment is NOT included in the benefits provided by the SSS.