Bernardino P. Bartolome v. Social Security System

In ECC-related death benefit claims, dependent parents as beneficiaries include biological parents in case the decedent was adopted.

G.R. No. 192531, 12 November 2014

Petitioner Bernardina P. Bartolome initiated a claim for death benefits under PD 626 with the Social Security System (SSS) at San Fernando City, La Union, over the death of her son John Colcol (John), who she gave up for adoption, and alleged that she was the sole remaining beneficiary. Previously, John was employed as electrician by Defendant Scanmar Maritime Services, Inc., on board the vessel Maersk Danville. Continue reading here.