Pag-IBIG members to gain more benefits under new rates starting February 2024

Pag-IBIG Fund members are set to enjoy doubled savings and higher cash loan
entitlements while continuing to have access to affordable home loans, as the agency
is set to increase the nearly four-decade old mandatory monthly savings for both
members and their employers starting February 2024, officials announced
Wednesday (17 January).
Under the agency’s new rates, the monthly savings of Pag-IBIG Fund members for
both the employee’s share and the employer’s counterpart shall increase to two
hundred pesos (P200) each from the current one hundred pesos (P100). This follows
the adjustment in the maximum monthly compensation to be used in computing the
required two percent (2%) employee savings and two percent (2%) employer share
for Pag-IBIG Fund members, which shall now increase to ten thousand pesos
(P10,000) from the current five thousand pesos (P5,000).
“We at Pag-IBIG Fund have long recognized the need of our members to have higher savings
that shall provide them with decent and fair returns upon their retirement, as well as higher
cash loans to help them during times of need. By implementing the new Pag-IBIG Monthly
Savings Rates of both members and employers originally scheduled in 2021, not only would
we be able to improve the benefits of our members, we would also be better equipped to finance
the growing demand for home loans of our members while maintaining our affordable rates.
All these are in line with the call of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. to provide Filipino
workers with opportunities to gain comfortable and productive lives,” said Secretary Jose
Rizalino L. Acuzar, who heads the Department of Human Settlements and Urban
Development (DHSUD) and the 11-member Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees.
Pag-IBIG Fund’s new monthly rates were initially approved by its Board of Trustees
in 2019, after obtaining the concurrence of stakeholders to implement a scheduled
increase in 2021. During that time, the agency saw the increase necessary as it
projected that the amount of loans disbursed will eventually outpace the total
collections from both loan payments and members’ savings. However, due to the
difficulties brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021 and 2022, the Pag-IBIG
Fund Board deferred the increase of the agency’s savings rates.
The agency again deferred the implementation of the increase in 2023, following the
request of the Employers’ Confederation of the Philippines (ECOP) to provide the
business community with time to further recover from the continuing financial
challenges due to the health crisis. The deferment was also the Pag-IBIG Fund’s
response to the call of President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. early last year, to alleviate the
financial burden of fellow Filipinos due to the prevailing socio-economic challenges
brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pag-IBIG Fund Chief Executive Officer Marilene C. Acosta, meanwhile, expressed
her appreciation for the support of stakeholders, and assured members of better
benefits under the agency’s new rates.
“We thank the Trade Union Congress of the Philippines (TUCP), the Federation of Free
Workers (FFW), the Philippine Government Employees’ Association (PGEA), Overseas
Filipino Workers’ (OFW) Organizations, and the Employers’ Confederation of the
Philippines (ECOP) for supporting our plans and for recognizing that raising our monthly
savings rates will allow Pag-IBIG Fund to continue to provide affordable home loans to its
members in the coming years,” Acosta said.
“It is also important to note that the increase in our monthly savings rates shall benefit our
members the most because every peso they save will go to their Pag-IBIG Savings. Under our
new rates, they will have higher Pag-IBIG Savings that earn annual dividends, which they
shall receive upon membership maturity or retirement. For example, based on our old rates, a
member would receive around P87,000 upon reaching membership maturity. On the other
hand, a member who saves under our new rates over a period of 20 years would receive
P174,000 or double the amount. And, because of their higher savings, they shall also be
entitled to higher multi-purpose and calamity loan amounts to help them with their financial
needs,” Acosta emphasized.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

%d bloggers like this:
Verified by MonsterInsights