Pag-IBIG hikes members’ contribution

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    After months of public consultations , Pag-IBIG Fund will soon raise the three decades-old P100 monthly savings rate of its members.

    The Fund in a statement said its 11-member board on November 6 approved the increase of the Pag-IBIG Fund members’ mandatory monthly savings from the current P100 to P150 by January 2021, and to P200 by January 2023.

    The same increase shall also be applied to the counterpart share shouldered by employers.

    Secretary Eduardo del Rosario, chairman of the Housing and Urban Development Coordinating Council and Pag-IBIG Fund Board of Trustees, said the adjustment will be implemented over a staggered period to allow all our stakeholders to prepare.

    Acmad Rizaldy Moti, Pag-IBIG Fund chief executive officer, said the increase in demand for the agency’s home loans may soon outpace the growth in its collections partly derived from the P100 monthly savings of its members.

    Moti said the agency’s home loan releases alone have been growing at an average rate of 17.5 percent annually in the last five years.

    “The demand for our home loans has grown tremendously through recent years. To give you a better idea, in 2014, our home loan releases totaled P40.5 billion but in 2018, the amount almost doubled to P75.3 billion. And we have been able to sustain the double-digit growth so far in 2019. Our home loan releases from January to October increased 13 percent year-on-year to P66.47 billion,” Moti said.

    “At the current monthly savings rate, in addition to our housing and short-term loan payment collections, we have more than enough funds to support up to 10 percent average growth rate in home loans. But we expect demand to remain strong with growth at around 15 percent annually in the coming years. Adjusting the monthly savings amount will provide the necessary additional funds to sustain the low loan interest rates we currently offer to our members,” he added.