SSS extends LRP with condonation until April 2019

The state-run Social Security System (SSS) on Friday announced that the Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) with penalty condonation was extended for another six months or until April 1, 2019.

“We are glad to announce that the second Loan Restructuring Program with penalty condonation will be extended for another six months to accommodate more members who have outstanding short-term obligations with the SSS,” SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said.

“The LRP is one of our ways to extend our assistance to our members who were not able to pay on time their loan obligations with the SSS. We understand that there were untoward instances like the occurrence of natural calamities such as earthquakes and typhoons that made loan repayments quite uneasy for them,” he added.

SSS launched the LRP with condonation program last April 2 and has since collected more than P2 billion income from nearly 300,000 availees for the first five months of implementation.

From April 2 to August 31, SSS was able to condone P4.3 billion penalties, resulting in restructured loans amounting to P4.9 billion.

“We are encouraging our members to immediately file their LRP applications and do not wait for the last minute filing next year. We’d like to remind them that their outstanding loan will still incur interests. SSS will only condone their penalties,” Dooc said.

To qualify for the LRP, member-applicants should be residing or employed in any of the calamity areas declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) or the national government. The short-term loan must also be overdue for at least six months.

Members can pay their overdue loan in full within 30 days with no additional interest, or apply for an installment payment term of up to five years with a minimal interest rate of three percent per annum.

LRP Applicants should bring duly accomplished LRP form, valid identification documents and Letter of Authority (LOA), in case the application is being filed by an authorized representative.


Cebuano News: SSS, milusad sa ilang kaugalingong mobile app

Maka-akses na karon ang mga miyembro sa Social Security System (SSS) sa ilang membership information gamit ang ilang smartphones ug tablets pinaagi sa bag-ong SSS Mobile application.

Matod pa ni SSS President ug Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel Dooc, ang maong mobile application gilusad aron maghatag sa mga miyembro og mas sayon nga pamaagi sa paglantaw sa ilang personal records ug uban pang mahinongdanong impormasyon nga dili na kinahanglan pang mobisita sa ilang mga SSS branches.

Libre ang serbisyo alang sa nahisgotang SSS Mobile App alang sa mga miyembro nga aduna’y smartphones ug tablets nga may Android 4.4 Kitkat o mas taas pa ug IOS 8.0 o mas taas pa. Ang nahisgutan nga app mahimong ma-download sa Google Play Store ug sa Apple App Store.

Sa pagsugod og gamit sa bag-ong SSS Mobile application, kinahanglang mo-log in ang mga users gamit ang ilang kasamtangang My.SSS account’s user ID ugpassword. Ang mga miyembro nga wala’y My.SSS account makagamit gihapon sa SSS Mobile App sa pagmugna og account pinaagi sa pagpili sa “Register”nga makita sa Apps’ sidebar.

Kinahanglan lamang konektado sa internet pinaagi sa mobile data o WIFI connection sa dili pa mogamit sa SSS Mobile App,  apan ang data charges mo-apply depende sa ilang internet service provider o data usage plan.

Apil sa mga impormasyon sa SSS nga mahimong ma-akses pinaagi sa SSS Mobile App mao ang contribution status; sickness, maternity, disability ug retirement claim information; Employees Compensation (EC) Medical status; salary loan application status ug outstanding balance; lokasyon sa SSS branch offices; ug documentary requirements alang sa SSS membership, benefit claims application (sama sa sickness, maternity, EC Medical, disability, retirement, funeral ug death), personal data amendment, ug UMID Card enrollment.

Gipasalig hinuon ni Dooc nga dili angay mabalaka ang mga miyembro sa bisan unsang ‘data breach’ tungod kay ang SSS Mobile App aduna’y kaugalingong security features ug nanginahanglan og entry sa user ID ug password.

Alang sa dugang kasayoran ug pangutana kalabot sa SSS Mobile App, mahimong mobisita ang mga miyembro sa SSS Website (, motawag sa SSS Call Center Hotline 920-6446 taman 55 o local toll-free number 1-800-10-2255-777, o magpadala og email ngadto sa

Church groups cite spiritual values key to nurture family

By Roi Lomotan


John – John Geguinto of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (extreme left) emphasizes the importance of spiritual formation in strengthening family relationships. He encouraged families to have a scripture study, set a family prayer time, and have family home evenings. Geguinto was one of the speakers during the Kapihan sa PIA Forum on the topic “Tungo sa matatag, maginhawa, at panatag na pamilyang Pilipino ” held on Sept. 24, 2018 at Bethel Guest House, Dumaguete City. The forum is part of the local observance of National Family Week from September 23 to 30. (LJD/PIA7-NegOr) 

Representatives of religious groups in Dumaguete City underscored the importance of preserving spiritual values in nurturing family relationships.

This was highlighted during the Kapihan sa PIA forum held Sept. 24 to mark the observance of the National Family Week.

Officials and members of church groups noted that church teachings and reinforcing the spiritual aspect are also essential in strengthening family ties and fortifying the basic unit of the community.

Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Second Counsellor for Dumaguete, John-John Geguinto, disclosed that part of their advocacy in strengthening family relationships is to make families closer to God.

Geguinto suggested that families set time for scripture study and prayer time every day and hold family home evenings at least once a week wherein family members come together to discuss concerns in their family or parents provide counsel to their children regarding their problems.

He also shared “that many children who are raised with strong family values rooted in religious beliefs and cultural values usually become successful in life.”

In relation to this, Manuel Montessa of Couples for Christ (CFC)-Negros Oriental said that Pope Francis’s message during the World Meeting of Families held in Dublin, Ireland last August was to put God in the center of the family.

“As what the Pope emphasized, everybody comes to the world through the family. If the family just work by itself not including the Creator, who is God himself, then there is no direction in which the family goes,” Montessa said.

Meanwhile, Rev. Lemy Jovita of the United Church of Christ in the Philippines (UCCP) wants the revival of family devotion.

Gina-reclaim namo ang among program for family devotion which is actually vanishing na karon. Nagkawala na gyud. Pila na lang ka families ang nagbuhat ani niya (We are reclaiming our program for family devotion which is actually vanishing nowadays. Only few families continue to do it right now),” she said.

The challenge in this program is how to gather family members especially now that individual members doesn’t have a uniform schedule noting that some members go home late at night or become very busy during the day.

“The church nato karon is naglisod ug implement ana but then gipaningkamutan (There is a challenge in implementing it but the church does its best),” Jovita added.

Another family enrichment program of UCCP in Dumaguete is the couples ministry.

Jovita noted that when couples have disagreements it will have a big impact on the family.

Nagatuo mi na kung ma-strengthen ang magtiayon ma-strengthen pod diha ang tibuok pamilya kay ang kabataan naglantaw sa mama ug sa papa (We believe that if the strengthen the relationship of the couple, the family relationship will also get strong because young people look up to their mama and papa),” Rev. Jovita stressed.

Pursuant to Presidential Proclamation No. 60 the entire nation is directed to observe National Family Week every last week of September.

Laume Quijote, a member of UCCP, also disclosed during the Kapihan that Filipino families are faced with many threats today.

These challenges are disintegration, substance abuse, parental absenteeism, strong negative influence of media in the family, changing roles of women, exposure of environmental hazard and degradation, economic difficulties, rising incidence of early sexual involvement, and absence of family goals.

On the other hand, Geguinto then reiterated the importance of convergence between the government and the religious communities in promoting the welfare of the family.

He reiterated that if the public wants to have a peaceful community it should start with from a strong peaceful individual family. (r