The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) is making available again its Multi-purpose Loan (MPL) Plus program where up to P5 million may be borrowed by members. It also extended payment term to 10 years and relaxed the borrowers’ eligibility requirements.
“We enhanced the MPL program based on the feedback from members in the previous MPL so we can offer a loan program that will best suit their needs. Sa MPL Plus, umaasa ang GSIS na was marami pa tayong miyembrong matutulungan,” President and General Manager (PGM) Rolando Ledesma Macasaet said.
Under MPL Plus, the credit limit has been raised to P5 million from P3 million. The actual amount will depend on the borrowers’ paid premiums and monthly salary.
The loan term has likewise been extended from seven to 10 years. Qualified for a 10-year loan term are: permanent employees who have at least 10 years of premium payments; members with existing Home Emergency Loan Program (HELP) account; and special members under agencies with memoranda of agreement on MPL with GSIS.
Non-permanent government personnel who have at least 15 years of premium contributions, on the other hand, may pay for the loan in nine years. Previously, their maximum loan term was only five years.
The uniform interest rate of 7% computed in advance will be applied to all borrowers. In the previous MPL, members with less than three years of paid premiums were charged 8% interest, while those with at least three years of premiums were charged 7%.
“Sa abot ng ating makakaya, we will keep helping our members put their finances in order. From the start, the objective of our loan program is to give our government workers access to cheap credit,” PGM Macasaet added.
The GSIS also relaxed the eligibility conditions of prospective applicants. Previously, members with arrearages in their GSIS Financial Assistance Loan (GFAL) and housing loan were not qualified to avail of the MPL. Under the MPL Plus, they will be allowed to apply, but their arrearages under GFAL will be deducted from the proceeds of their loan.
Qualified to apply for MPL Plus are regular and special GSIS members who have paid at least three months of premiums; are not on leave of absence without pay at the time of application; and have no pending administrative or criminal case. In addition, they should not belong to an agency which has been tagged as suspended, and their net take-home pay should not go lower than the amount required under the General Appropriations Act after all monthly obligations have been deducted.
Members may apply for the loan via the GSIS Touch mobile app; GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (GWAPS) kiosks strategically located nationwide; e-mail; electronic GSIS Member Online (eGSISMO); or drop boxes located in all GSIS offices.
“For the safety of both our clients and employees, we will only accept over-the-counter or in-person filing if the GWAPS kiosk is offline, or if the applicant has lost or defective electronic card (eCard) or Unified Multipurpose Identification (UMID) card; has unreadable biometrics; or is a temporary eCard holder,” PGM Macasaet said.
MPL Plus consolidates loan balances and charges for outstanding Salary Loan, Restructured Salary Loan; Enhanced Salary Loan; Emergency Loan Assistance; Summer One-Month Salary Loan; ConsoLoan Plus/Enhanced ConsoLoan Plus; Member’s Cash Advance/eCard Cash Advance/eCard Plus Cash Advance; Home Emergency Loan Program (HELP); Educational Assistance Loans I and II (EAL I/II); Study Now Pay Later; Fly PAL, Pay Later; and Stock Purchase Loan.
In 2021 alone, GSIS has disbursed P106 billion to 444,425 MPL borrowers.