No Work, No Pay? Maximize Your PAG-IBIG Membership This Time of Calamity

Arianne Keith Velasquez, CPA

In view of the pandemic the whole world is suffering with recently, it is impossible for Filipinos to ignore the fact that the human respiratory system is not only being compromised here but also the livelihood of family providers such as employees under the no work, no pay policy. The sudden declaration of the Enhanced Community Quarantine in the entire Luzon after 48 hours of General Community Quarantine, which made it difficult to cross along city borders, hurts the pockets of many.

On March 17, 2020, Proclamation No. 929, pursuant to Section 16 of Republic Act No. 10121, was issued by President Rodrigo Duterte to declare the Philippines under State of Calamity enjoining the government agencies to provide full assistance to the Filipino community with the great efforts to defy COVID-19.

To wit, PAG-IBIG Fund is one of the established national saving programs providing financial assistance to every member or contributor, which can be a self-employed individual, private or government employee, in terms of housing needs and other purposes. 

Calamity loan or Multi-purpose loan are options which members can avail of during this crisis as aid in meeting the daily needs of family members.

Who is eligible to apply?

Below criteria must be met before a member can avail of the said loan:

  1. Completed at least 24 monthly PAG-IBIG payments;
  2. Active member that, within the last 6 months prior to the calamity loan application, has made at least monthly PAG-IBIG payments; and,
  3. Resides in an area that has been declared to be in a State of Calamity.

How much can an applicant avail as Calamity Loan?

Members who are eligible can borrow up to a maximum of 80 percent (80% ) of their Total Accumulated Value (TAV), which is the total of the monthly contributions made at the time of the Calamity Loan application, and is subject to the terms and conditions of the Program.

The following table presents the maximum amount a member can avail based on the number of monthly contributions:

Number of Monthly Contributions Total Accumulated Value (TAV)
24 to 59 months (3 to 4 years) Up to 60%
60 to 119 months (5 to 9 years) Up to 70%
At least 120 months (10 years and above) Up to 80%

Is the loan interest-free?

The Calamity loan is not interest free, however, PAG-IBIG offers the lowest interest rate in the country which is 5.95% per annum.

Payment Terms

The said loan is amortized over 24 months with a grace period of 3 months from check issuance thus monthly payment shall start on the fourth month. Monthly amortizations shall be paid on or before the 15th day of each month.

Penalties will be imposed as follows in case of late payments:

  • 1/20 of 1% of any unpaid amount shall be charged to the borrower for every day of delay; or,
  • 1/10 of 1% of any unpaid amount shall be charged to the employer for every day of delay if amortization is paid thru salary deduction and late payment is by the fault of the employer.

How to Apply?

Below are the easy steps and requirements on how to proceed with the application:

  1. Accomplish the Calamity Loan Application Form which is downloadable from PAG-IBIG website and submit it.
  2. Submit the following requirements:
  • Photocopy of at least two (2) valid IDs;
  • For employed members:
    • Certificate of monthly net income in the application form to be filled out by the Employer; or,
    • Photocopy of latest pay slip validated by the Company;
  • For self-employed members, photocopy of any of the following:
    • Business/Mayor’s Permit;
    • Commission Vouchers; or,
    • Other valid proof of income; and,
  • Photocopy of the Payroll Account/Disbursement Card authenticated if self-employed and certified by Employer if employed.

3. Secure the Short Term Loan Acknowledgment Receipt.

4. When approved, get the cash loan on the scheduled date thru the Cash Card or Check.

With the application, it is important to note that Calamity Loan can be applied within 90 days after the declaration of State of Calamity otherwise members may opt to avail Multi-Purpose Loan (MPL) which bears 10.5% interest rate per annum. The MPL program follows the same process and requirements with the Calamity Loan except for the application form.

How to pay?

If employed, the amortization is paid thru salary deduction and will be remitted by Employer. On the other hand, payments will be made directly to the nearest PAG-IBIG Fund branch if self-employed.

In any circumstance that you are in need of financial help, it is not so bad to be knowledgeable and updated on the government programs of both national and local units to assist you.

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