• SSS offers relief packages for flood victims

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    The Social Security System (SSS) unveiled a series of calamity relief packages consisting of early renewal of salary loans and easier house repair loan terms, as well as the advanced release of pension for members affected by tropical storm Maring and the southwest monsoon.

    SSS Vice President May Catherine Ciriaco, officer-in-charge of the SSS Lending and Asset Management Division, said the relief package is extended to members residing in calamity areas officially declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), which include the provinces of Bataan, Pampanga, Cavite, Laguna, and Rizal; the cities of Paraòaque, Muntinlupa, Malabon, Marikina, Pasay, Tarlac, Candon, and Dagupan; as well as several municipalities and towns in Luzon and Metro Manila.

    “The calamity relief package will provide members needed funds for basic and immediate needs such as food, clothing and medicine. It can also help them rebuild or reconstruct their damaged houses or re-establish their sources of livelihood,” she said.

    Through the Salary Loan Early Renewal Program (SLERP), members may renew their existing salary loan earlier than the date prescribed in the agency’s guidelines. The program also provides the lifting of sanctions imposed on borrowers who have availed of the SSS Loan Penalty Condonation Program.

    Aside from the SLERP, annual interest rates under the SSS Direct House Repair and/or Improvement Loan will be reduced by 2 percent from the regular rate, provided that the money will be used solely for house repair and improvement.

    The calamity relief package also includes the advanced release of three months’ worth of pension for pensioners.

    The SSS also extended the SLERP and reduced interest rates for house repair and improvement loans to members affected by Typhoon Labuyo, which struck Luzon early in August.

    Application forms and further information are available at any SSS branch or through the agency’s website, www.sss.gov.ph.

    Meanwhile, GMA Kapuso Foundation (GMAKF) continues to give aid to thousands of flood victims through its disaster relief program, Operation Bayanihan.

    As of August 23, the foundation has helped 61,050 people.

    Several teams were deployed to distribute ready-to-eat meals, canned goods, bottled water, clothes and medicine in Bataan, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Pampanga, Rizal, Malabon, Marikina, Mandaluyong, Pasay and Quezon City.

    The foundation is still accepting donations and donors can bring the goods to the Kapuso Foundation Warehouse at #366 GMA Compound, Barangay Culiat, Tandang Sora, Quezon City or to the GMA Kapuso Foundation office, 2nd Floor, Kapuso Center, GMA Network Drive corner Samar Street, Diliman, Quezon City. RAADEE S. SAUSA

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