SSS reminds typhoon-affected members of deadline for loan restructuring in October

Marje Pelayo   •   June 20, 2018   •   6193


TACLOBAN CITY, Philippines – State insurance Social Security System (SSS) reminds members who are among typhoon-affected residents in Tacloban City to avail of the calamity loan restructuring because the program is terminating in October this year.

SSS Tacloban Officer-In-Charge Dr. Lilibeth Cajucom said the restructuring is intended for members who availed calamity loan but are unable to pay their dues.

SSS opened the calamity loan program for victims of typhoons Yolanda, Ruby and Urduja.

“Ang maco-condone ay iyong penalty but they still have to pay for the principal and the interest and they can pay in installment,” explained Cajucom.

Cajucom added that delinquent accounts will have a maximum of five years repayment period depending on the principal amount and interest. She appealed to members to pay their loans accordingly and not to ignore their obligations with the agency.

“Lalaki nang lalaki lang ang interest plus penalty. Ang pag-collect niyan naman ay kapag mag-apply ka na for final claim, death or total disability…So kung ang claim mo ay lump sum lang tapos possible na magsobra pa ang babayaran mo, hahabulin ka pa talaga,” Cajucom warned.

Applicants are advised to bring complete documents such as ID, fully accomplished application form that can be downloaded from the SSS website. – Archyl Egano / Marje Pelayo

SSS asks members to transact online to keep physical distancing in branches

Marje Pelayo   •   June 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System (SSS) offices reopened on Monday (June 1) after more than two months of temporary closure due to strict implementation of community quarantine measures in Metro Manila and other areas prompted by the coronavi/rus disease (COVID-19). 

At its main office in Diliman, Quezon City, members crowded the SSS premises to transact different claims and loan applications that have been delayed since the outbreak started this year. 

Security personnel were all eyes on the waiting clients constantly reminding them to maintain physical distancing.

A large box is placed at the entrance where members may place their application forms. 

Floor markings are also in place inside the office premises reminding clients where to properly stand when in queue. 

A specific area, meanwhile, is allotted for payment transactions. 

Despite the health risks, several senior citizens opted to patiently wait in line to process their applications for pension. 

“Kasi antagal na akong naghihintay doon sa ayudang sinasabi nila hanggang ngayon wala. Kaya personal na akong nagpunta [I have been waiting for the assistance that they told us which I have not received until now],” lamented a senior citizen, David Alano.

“Isa-submit na lang po. Naabutan ako ng lockdown dapat noong April. Kailangan ko kasi may maintenance ako [I just need to submit it. I was supposed to file in April but it was delayed due to the lockdown. I need this because of my maintenance],” said Janice Labasan, also a senior citizen.

Due to the influx of clients, SSS is encouraging its members to process their applications or transact online to avoid large crowds in branches and keep protected from the virus. 

“Dinagdagan namin, marami na kaming ilalagay na serbisyo online para mabawasan ang nagta-transact sa branches [We have added several services online to minimize transactions in branches],” said SSS Spokesperson Fernando Nicolas.

Retirement pwede na online. Iyong maternity benefit claim natin sa online na rin. So marami na pong mawawalang serbisyo sa branch at pupunta na sa online [Retirement (claims), maternity benefit claims can be done online. We have minimized the services in branches and transferred them online],” he added. 

Meanwhile, SSS said that payment of accumulated contributions for employers, self employed, voluntary members, household members is extended until June 15. MNP (with details from Rey Pelayo)

Man in Tacloban City quarantined for novel coronavirus infection

Marje Pelayo   •   January 24, 2020

Philippine Marines rush to shore during an amphibious landing exercise with United States counterparts on a beach on the coast of the Naval Education and Training Command in Zambales Province, northwest of Manila, Philippines, 09 May 2018. The Philippines-US Balikatan (Shoulder to Shoulder) Military Exercise is on its 34th iteration, which is aimed to enhance interoperability between security forces of the two countries. EPA-EFE/ROLEX DELA PENA

MANILA, Philippines – A 36-year-old male patient in Tacloban City is now under observation for potential signs of novel coronavirus, the Department of Health (DOH) revealed Friday (January 24).

The patient, who traveled from Wuhan, China, showed symptoms of nCov upon his arrival in the Philippines on January 17.

Health Undersecretary Eric Domingo, however, clarified that it is still too early to conclude that the man is infected with novel coronavirus.

The DOH is keeping a list of all individuals from China who sought medical tests relative to the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

Among them is a two-year-old toddler from Aklan.

The DOH clarified, however, that the toddler showed symptoms not worse than an ordinary flu.

Meanwhile, the DOH said they are expecting the release of the confirmatory test on the patients’ blood samples by next week.

The samples are now being tested at the Victorian Infectious Diseases Reference Laboratory in Melbourne, Australia, including that of the 6-year-old Chinese boy in Cebu who was first to be observed for nCoV infection.

At present, the World Health Organization (WHO) is not yet considering the situation a global health emergency.

Also, the Philippines is still technically free of novel coronavirus pending the confirmatory tests from Australia.

Nonetheless, Health offices across the country remain on alert against possible entry of the nCoV given the Philippines’ proximity to China.

Authorities are warning the public to refrain from travelling to China and always wear masks especially airport personnel as they are the first to have contact with arriving passengers from other countries. MNP (with details from Aiko Miguel)

11 Chinese illegals nabbed in Tacloban City

Marje Pelayo   •   December 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — The Bureau of Immigration (BI) reported the recent arrest of 11 illegal Chinese nationals in Tacloban City who were caught working without the necessary permits and visa.

The aliens, who entered the country as tourists, have been arrested while selling various goods at their workplace along Zamora Street in Tacloban City.

BI Commissioner Jaime Morente again reminded the public to “report to us any illegal alien in your locality and we shall go after them and send them back to their homelands.”

The Chinese illegals were later flown to Manila and detained at the BI detention facility in Camp Bagong Diwa, Taguig City.

They will remain in detention while undergoing deportation proceedings.


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