SSS grants amnesty to 80,000 borrowers

Posted at 09/04/2012 11:25 AM | Updated as of 09/04/2012 4:58 PM

MANILA, Philippines - The Social Security System (SSS) loan penalty condonation program attracted more than 80,000 members, who benefitted from condoned penalies of P590.79 million, since it started in April.

The 6-month SSS loan penalty condonation program for delinquent borrowers will end on September 30. 

Under the program, SSS grants condonable penalties of between 50 to 100%, depending on the borrower's situation and mode of payment under the program.

In a statement, SSS president and chief executive officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. said collectible amounts from 80,994 borrowers who availed themselves of the member loan penalty condonation program totaled P1.03 billion. The amount includes the principal, interest and outstanding penalties.

De Quiros urged delinquent borrowers to take advantage of the condonation program to avoid having their loan balance deducted from their future benefits for retirement, total disability or death. The SSS charges a 1% monthly penalty on unpaid loans.

"Members who neglect their loan payments will face ballooning monthly penalties that will be harder for them to pay off in the future. They also risk having the delayed release of their SSS pension because their benefits will be first applied to paying the overdue loan," he said.

The SSS offers 100% condonation of penalties to borrowers under Situation 1-A, or those whose employers failed to remit the loan amortizations deducted from members' salaries. They can submit proof of employers' unremitted loan payments such as pay slips or affidavits.

Borrowers with at least 3 paid amortizations and a minimum of 3 contributions within the last six months before the month of application, or contributions for the next three months, qualify under Situation 2, which condones 90% of penalties for full payment and 80% for installment payments of up to three years.

"Members applying under Situation 2 no longer need to wait for posting of the required contribution and loan payments. They can simply present SSS receipts as proof of payments so that we can immediately process their application for condonation," de Quiros said. 

Delinquent borrowers filing retirement or total disability claims within the availment period can apply for penalty condonation under Situation 3. Half of their loan penalties will be waived and the rest will be deducted from their retirement or disability claim.

The amnesty is also extended to beneficiaries of member-borrowers who died with unpaid loans (Situation 1-B) to enable dependents to receive the full amount of death benefits. They can file their application for condonation with their SSS death claim until March 13, 2013.

SSS members can file their applications for penalty condonation at the nearest SSS branch, while those who no longer need to submit supporting documents can apply electronically at www.sss.gov.ph.