April 14, 2024

Social Security System President and Chief Executive Officer Michael G. Regino announced members and pensioners affected by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck Abra and other Luzon provinces may avail of the Calamity Assistance Package, which is offered until Nov. 14.

The Calamity Assistance Package consists of members’ Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) and the three-month advance pension for pensioners in earthquake-stricken areas in Abra and Mountain Province.

In Mountain Province, Bauko and Besao are under a state of calamity.

In Abra, the towns that were placed under state of calamity are Bangued, Boliney, Bucay, Bucloc, Daguioman, Danglas, Dolores, Lacub, Lagangilang, Lagayan, Langiden, La Paz, Licuan, Luba, Malibcong, Manabo, Penarrubia, Pidigan, Pilar, Sallapadan, San Isidro, San Juan, San Quintin, Tayum, Tineg, Tubo, and Villaviciosa.

Under the CLAP, qualified members can avail of a loan equivalent to their one month salary credit (MSC) computed based on the average of their last 12 MSCs or the amount they applied for, whichever is lower.

To qualify, affected members must have a My.SSS account at www.sss.gov.ph and have at least 36 monthly contributions, six of which must be posted within the last 12 months before the month of filing of application.

If self-employed, voluntary (including non-working spouse) or land-based Overseas Filipino Worker members must have at least six monthly contributions under the current membership type, a resident of calamity-stricken area who suffered damage or loss to their properties due to the earthquake, have not been granted any final benefit such as permanent total disability or retirement, and have no outstanding Loan Restructuring Program or CLAP.

If employed, the member’s employer must certify the CLAP application through online My.SSS facility.

Interested members can apply for the calamity loan online through their respective My.SSS account.

Retirement, disability, and survivor pensioners under the Social Security Program and disability and survivor pensioners under the Employees’ Compensation Program may also apply for a three-month advance pension.

The SS and EC pensioners must be residents of the earthquake-stricken areas declared under a state of calamity. – Press release