THE Social Security System (SSS) has opened its Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) for members who are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Aurora Ignacio said the SSS estimates around 1.74 million potential member-borrowers for the program.

Depending on the average of their monthly salary credit in the last 12 months, members may apply for a loan of up to P20,000.

“We recognize that the impact of Covid-19 is greater than other calamities we have faced in the past. With that in mind, we have extended the payment term of this particular CLAP to 27 months, inclusive of a three-month moratorium period, and have lessened the interest rate to six percent per annum,” Ignacio said.

Normally, CLAPs have a payment term of 24 months and an interest rate of 10 percent per annum.

To qualify for the loan, a member must have at least 36 monthly contributions, six of which should be posted within the last 12 months before the application; have a work or home address within the Philippines as reflected in the SSS database; have not been granted any final benefit such as total permanent disability or retirement; and have no outstanding loans under the Loan Restructuring Program or previous CLAPs.

Members must also be registered at the My.SSS web portal on the SSS website at www.sss.gov.ph to apply for the loan.

Qualified members may apply for the said CLAP until September 14.