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

Marje Pelayo   •   June 20, 2018   •   5926


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

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.

SSS urges delinquent employers to settle unpaid premiums until Sept. 1

Marje Pelayo   •   June 27, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Social Security System (SSS) reminds all delinquent employers to settle unpaid premiums of their employees as soon as possible.

The agency said delinquent employers are given the chance to settle delinquent contributions through the Contribution Penalty Condonation Program which runs only until September 1, 2019.

The penalty condonation for delinquent contributions, as provided by law, provides assistance to employers even household employers to comply with the SSS Act of 2018.

After the given period, employers who will continue to violate the SSS law will be fined with larger penalties or face imprisonment for ignoring their mandatory obligations under the SSS Law.

According to SSS President and CEO Aurora Ignacio, there are still more than 115,000 delinquent employers who should avail of the program for unpaid premiums based on the agency’s established collectibles.

Ignacio said, if all of the said delinquent employers would settle their unpaid obligations, more than 1.4 million employees would be able to maximize their benefits and privileges as members.

Interested employers are urged to submit their letters of intent to the nearest SSS branch as soon as possible.

Those who are willing to pay their contribution delinquency in full should wait for the branch approval.

Meanwhile, those who wish to settle through installment should submit a proposal to the SSS branch.


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