Are you an SSS pensioner in the Philippines and looking for a loan? If so, you’re in luck! The Philippine Social Security System (SSS) now offers SSS pension loans to its members who are receiving their regular pensions.
This means that even if you don’t have a regular job or income, you can still get access to quick, short-term financing when you need it. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at what this program is all about and how it works.
What is an SSS Pension Loan?
An SSS pension loan is a type of loan available to members of the Philippine Social Security System who are receiving their pensions. The loan amount can range from Php 5,000 to Php 50,000 and must be repaid within six months with interest.
The interest rate on these loans is quite low compared to other types of loans offered by financial institutions; it ranges from 2% to 4% per month depending on the size of the loan.
How do I apply for an SSS Pension Loan?
Applying for an SSS pension loan is simple and straightforward. All you have to do is gather the necessary documents and fill out the online application form.
To be eligible for this type of loan, you must be:
- at least 60 years old
- receiving a monthly pension from SSS
- able to provide proof of identity (passport or valid driver’s license)
- able to provide proof of address (utility bill or bank statement)
- have no outstanding loans with SSS
Once your application has been approved and all documents submitted, the funds will usually arrive in your account within two weeks that is much faster than traditional banking channels.
What are the benefits of SSS Pension Loan?
The biggest benefit of taking out an SSS pension loan is that it’s designed specifically for elderly people who may not otherwise qualify for a traditional bank loan due to their age or lack of income.
For those in need of quick financing but don’t have access to other sources, an SSS pension loan could be their best option. Additionally, since interest rates are lower than with other types of loans, it makes it easier for borrowers to pay back without putting too much strain on their finances.
Moreover, unlike other types of loans, there is no collateral required when applying for this type of loan which makes it easier and less risky for applicants. It’s also important to note that repayment terms are flexible, borrowers can choose either 6, 12, 18 or 24-month repayment periods depending on what suits them best.
Disadvantages of Taking Out an SSS Pension Loan
Despite the many advantages of taking out an SSS Pension Loan, there are also some disadvantages that should be taken into consideration before applying:
You must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for this type of loan such as having been receiving your pension continuously and having not defaulted on any previous loans with the SSS.
Applicants must be between 60-70 years old at the time of application in order to qualify for an SSS Pension Loan.
Payment deductions from your monthly pension
When taking out this type of loan, payments will automatically be deducted from your monthly pension until it has been paid off in full.
This makes it difficult for borrowers to make additional payments towards their loans without severely limiting their current financial situation.
The reason is the lack of funds available after payment deduction has been made each month (due to receiving only 70% or less than what was originally being received). Calculate your SSS Pension and deduct this amount for an estimate.
How do I repay my SSS Pension Loan?
Repaying your SSS pension loan is easy, just make sure that you make your payments on time each month in order to avoid any penalties or additional fees. You can choose between two payment methods: through postdated checks or automated debit arrangement (ADA).
With postdated checks, all you have to do is write one check each month; while ADA requires setting up an automatic withdrawal from your bank account every month until the full amount has been repaid.
Whichever method you choose, always make sure that there’s enough money in your account before making a payment. Late or missed payments may incur additional charges and lead to negative marks on your credit report which could affect future applications for credit.
How much can I borrow?
The maximum amount that pensioners can borrow under this program is P60,000. However, it usually depends upon your SSS monthly pension.
This amount can be used for any purpose that does not involve speculation or risk capital investments such as stock market investments or purchasing real estate.
Getting an SSS pension loan can provide some much-needed financial relief during difficult times but it’s important that borrowers understand how these loans work before applying. Be sure that you read all documents carefully and understand the terms before signing anything.
Also remember that repayment terms must be adhered too in order for this type of borrowing experience to remain positive for both parties involved. Try and stick as close as possible adhering them each month so as not incur any penalties or negative marks on your credit report down the line