SSS offers loan to calamity-affected members

MANILA — Non-government employees who are active members of the state-run Social Security System (SSS) and are working or residing in areas stricken by the past typhoons and southwest monsoon can now avail of the calamity loan.

In a television interview on Monday, SSS media affairs head Ma. Louisa Sebastian said the program begins Monday and it covers only the victims of typhoons Felino, Gunding, Harriet, Indang and Jessa.

The victims of the southwest monsoon which scourged Luzon and other areas in the country during the weekend may also be considered for the loan.

“Magpapapirma lang tayo ng approval from the social security commission, usually that takes, mabilis lang din yun, one to two weeks lang iaanunsyo na ng SSS na, we’re opening na (We’ll just secure signature of approval from the social security commission, usually that takes, it will take one to two weeks only then SSS will announce that we’re opening) for application through the calamity loan assistance package,” she said.

Through the calamity loan, an SSS member can avail of PHP16,000 or three months advance pension which they can use to repair their destroyed properties particularly their homes.

SSS members who reside outside the areas declared state of calamity by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council but were affected by the typhoons and southwest monsoons can avail of salary loan upto PHP32,000. Ma. Teresa Montemayor/