Pag-IBIG Fund allocated P5 billion in calamity loan funds to help members affected by typhoon Paeng, according to top executives.
“We are ready to help our members affected by typhoon Paeng with our calamity loan program. We have initially identified a total of 344,000 affected members in Regions IV-A [CALABARZON], V [Bicol Region], VI [Western Visayas], the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao and other areas where a state of a calamity has been declared by the local government unit, who are eligible to borrow under the program,” said Department of Human Settlements and Urban Development Secretary Jose Rizalino Acuzar who is also the chairperson of the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund board of trustees.
“That is why we have set aside P5 billion in calamity loan funds to help them recover from the damage caused by the typhoon. This is in line with the directive of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. to provide Filipinos in affected areas with immediate relief and all the necessary assistance,” said Acuzar.
Under the Pag-IBIG calamity loan, eligible members may borrow up to 80 percent of their total Pag-IBIG savings which consist of their monthly contributions, the counterpart employer’s contributions and accumulated dividends earned.
Pag-IBIG said that in consideration of the plight of the members, the loan is offered at a rate of 5.95 percent per annum, making it the lowest rate in the market. The loan is payable over a period of up to three years, with a grace period of three months so that initial payment is due only on the fourth month after the loan is released.
Qualified borrowers may apply for the calamity loan within 90 days from the date when an area has been declared under a state of calamity.
Pag-IBIG Fund chief executive Marilene Acosta said the agency already released P2.03 billion in calamity loans to help 149,773 members in calamity-hit areas as of September this year.
She said Pag-IBIG branches are in coordination with local government units that have declared a state of calamity in their respective areas for the deployment of the agency’s mobile branch, the Lingkod Pag-IBIG On-Wheels, to receive applications for calamity loans from members and insurance claims from Pag-IBIG Housing Loan borrowers whose properties were damaged by the typhoon.
“When calamities strike, we at Pag-IBIG understand that our members in affected areas need immediate financial assistance. For this reason, we make sure that all our services and benefits remain accessible to our members. Even while our offices and personnel in calamity-hit areas have also been affected by the typhoon, our branches remain open and are ready to receive loan applications and housing loan insurance claims,” said Acosta.
“ We have also deployed our Lingkod Pag-IBIG on Wheels to initially go around typhoon-stricken areas in Cavite, Aklan, Capiz, Cotabato and Maguindanao to further bring our services closer to our members who are most in need. And for members who have internet access, the Virtual Pag-IBIG is ready to accept their calamity loan applications online. During these trying times, our members can count on Lingkod Pag-IBIG,” said Acosta.