11 SSS branches to open during Saturdays

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In line with efforts to assist member-borrowers in settling their past due loans, Social Security System (SSS) branches in Dagupan, Baliuag, Malolos, Meycauayan, San Jose del Monte, Sta. Maria, Balanga, Olongapo, Angeles, Pampanga and Tarlac will remain open in all Saturdays of September to accommodate applicants for the SSS Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) in North and Central Luzon.

SSS Vice President for Luzon Central Division Vilma P. Agapito said these branches are among the 109 chosen SSS offices nationwide which will accept LRP applications as well as other select SSS transactions on September 3, 10, 17, and 24.

“Eleven out of the 20 branches under the Luzon Central Division will be open every Saturday this September to accept LRP applications. We encourage members, especially borrowers, to take advantage of this special schedule,” Agapito said.

Launched last April 28, LRP aims to help calamity-stricken borrowers settle their unpaid short-term loans through an affordable payment terms and condonation of loan penalties. This will enable member-borrowers enjoy the full amount of their benefits in the future.

“The special Saturday schedule will provide member-borrowers ample time to file their LRP applications in order to clean up their overdue calamity and other past due short-term SSS loans without having to pay the corresponding penalties,” Agapito explained.

The special Saturday schedule is also part of the 59th SSS anniversary celebration which falls on September 1 with the theme “SSS at 59: Kaagapay at Kabalikat sa Pagbabago.”

The SSS decided to open these offices so that those who cannot visit SSS on weekdays due to their busy work schedules can have an opportunity during Saturday to file their LRP application, update their SSS records and undergo UMID data capture, among other branch transactions.

“LRP is also open to members who are already qualified for their benefit. They may file their disability, death or retirement benefit claim together with LRP application during the availment period which will end in April 27, 2017 to enjoy condonation of loan penalties once their loan is fully paid,” Agapito said.

Over 19,000 LRP applications have already been received by the SSS Luzon Central Division, with expected collections so far amounting to P300 million.

Application forms for the LRP and other SSS programs are downloadable from the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph. Members registered at the My.SSS facility of the SSS website can also view their SSS statement of loan account and other SSS records via the internet.