How to Get the Most Out of Your Pag-IBIG Benefits

by Venus Zoleta, on category "Government Services"

November 24, 2017


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What makes you cringe every time you check your payslip? Yes, it’s the tax and other numbers deducted from your salary.
While it’s normal to feel bad about parting with your hard-earned money (who doesn’t?), know that those deductions, including your Pag-IBIG contributions, are for your own good. Think of them as forced savings, investments, and insurance that will help you and your family during financial emergencies or when you buy a home or retire.
You’ll realize the value of paying your monthly contributions when you need to avail of a Pag-IBIG benefit. But before you get to that, learn how to maximize your Pag-IBIG benefits to get the most out of your contributions and to avoid problems when you claim your benefits.

Verify Pag-IBIG Contributions

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When you need to apply for a multi-purpose loan or a housing loan, you can’t just go straight to a Pag-IBIG branch without making sure that you’re qualified for a loan.
To get approved for any Pag-IBIG loan, you must be an active member and have paid at least 24 monthly contributions. You must also have paid at least five contributions for the past 6 months before your loan application date.
If you’re a regular employee, your company may not be up-to-date in its Pag-IBIG contribution payments. If you’re self-employed, you may have missed some monthly payments. Either way, you have to check your contributions and ask your HR for updates or remit the missed payments yourself.
How to inquire about your Pag-IBIG contributions:

Provide your full name, date of birth, and the name of your current and previous employers when you ask for Pag-IBIG contribution verification.

Enroll in the Pag-IBIG Savings Program

Why do I have to enroll when my salary deductions already go to my Pag-IBIG savings, you might ask.
Pag-IBIG Fund offers an additional savings facility that yields higher profits than the regular contributions deducted from your salary. One of the least-known Pag-IBIG benefits, the Modified Pag-IBIG 2 (MP2) is an optional five-year investment program quite similar to a time deposit.
Pag-IBIG members whose gross monthly income is higher than PHP 5,000 may enroll in the program and contribute at least PHP 500 per month. In five years of saving PHP 500 monthly, you can earn PHP 34,484.17 at a 5.5% annual dividend rate or PHP 36,202.34 at a 7.43% rate, according to Pag-IBIG Fund.
This savings scheme is even safer than Unit Investment Trust Funds (UITFs), according to Pag-IBIG Fund President and CEO Acmad Rizaldy Moti. The earnings and contributions are guaranteed by the government. “In a UITF, there’s a risk you’ll get an amount lower than your savings over the years. But when you invest in the MP2 program, the worst-case scenario is zero profit, but your principal amount will always remain,” shares Moti.
To enroll in the program, you can go to a Pag-IBIG office or do it online.
How to register online in the Modified Pag-IBIG 2 program:

  1. Go to the Modified Pag-IBIG 2 Enrollment System
  2. Fill out and submit the online MP2 enrollment form
  3. Print the electronic form (the MP2EF) that has your MP2 account number
  4. Present the MP2EF to a Pag-IBIG branch and pay your contribution

Increase Your Monthly Pag-IBIG Contributions

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Did you know that you can increase profits from your dividends and qualify for higher Pag-IBIG loan amounts? You can choose to pay more than the minimum monthly contribution of PHP 200 (PHP 100 deducted from your salary plus PHP 100 contribution from your employer). There’s no maximum voluntary amount that you can add to your monthly contribution.
Data from Pag-IBIG Fund shows how much savings and dividends you can earn in 20 years:

To increase your monthly Pag-IBIG contributions, inform your HR department about it, and your company will deduct the additional savings amount from your salary and remit it to Pag-IBIG. You may be asked to sign a form related to your increased monthly contributions.
If you’re self-employed or an OFW, you don’t have to accomplish any form. Simply pay the higher monthly contributions to Pag-IBIG, and these will be automatically credited to your total savings. You may pay through the following channels:

Get a Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card

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If you don’t have a Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card, you’re missing out on a lot of benefits such as discounts and rebates that cardholders enjoy for health care, education, and living expenses.
You can avail of these discounts from partner companies using a Loyalty Card:

  • 5% to 50% discount on medicines
  • 10% to 20% discount on tuition fees
  • PHP 10 discount on LPG

How to apply for a Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card:

  1. Fill out a Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card application form
  2. Submit the application form to the nearest Pag-IBIG office
  3. Pay PHP 100 for the card
  4. Your picture will be taken, and your information will be validated. You’ll be also asked to sign on the signature tablet.

Your Loyalty Card will be issued within 15 days.

Final Thoughts

Getting the most out of your Pag-IBIG benefits will give you peace of mind knowing that your hard-earned money will go a long way in the future. Following these four tips will change the way you see your salary deductions. That’s one less reason to weep about each time you check your payslip.
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