SSS Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) for Disaster Victims

The Social Security System of the Philippines stands as a symbol of hope for its members during the hardest of times through the SSS Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP). The program is tailored to provide immediate financial relief to members who find themselves in the unfortunate wake of disasters. Qualified members are eligible to avail of a loan that is equivalent to their one-month salary credit, calculated from the average of their last 12 monthly salary credits, to aid them in rebuilding their lives post-disaster.

Targeted towards members who have contributed at least 36 monthly contributions, with six within the last year, and are residing in areas declared to be in a state of disaster, the CLAP stands as a significant support mechanism. It encompasses a two-pronged approach: providing a loan for immediate financial relief and offering a three-month advance pension for SS and EC pensioners. Applicants can look forward to manageable repayment terms over 24 months with a low annual interest rate, ensuring the loan remains affordable. Through the CLAP, the SSS solidifies its role in contributing to the resilience and recovery of its members, upholding the Filipino value of communal unity and cooperation in times of need.

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Credits: PNA, SSS

What is the SSS Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP)?

The CLAP allows qualified SSS members to avail of a loan equivalent to their one month salary credit (MSC), computed based on the average of their last 12 MSCs or the amount they applied for, whichever is lower. It’s designed to provide immediate financial relief to members affected by disasters, helping them rebuild their lives and recover from the crisis.

Significance of the Program

In the Philippines, the typhoon season is a formidable period where numerous communities brace for the potential devastation that tropical storms can bring. Given the archipelago’s geographical location, it is prone to a high incidence of natural disasters, particularly between June and December when typhoons are most frequent. During this season, the Social Security System’s Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) becomes particularly relevant and vital for its members. 

The CLAP is designed as a robust support system that not only provides immediate financial relief through Calamity Loan Assistance and a Three-month Advance Pension but also aligns with the nation’s broader disaster response framework. Members who have diligently contributed to the agency are eligible to apply for this aid, ensuring that the help reaches those who have invested in their social security. The program’s relevance is amplified during typhoon season, offering peace of mind to members that there is a safety net available to help them manage the financial impact of these natural disasters. It allows for quick disbursement of funds, enabling affected members to address urgent repair needs, secure their livelihoods, and stabilize their families’ well-being in the aftermath of the disaster. With the CLAP, the SSS demonstrates a commitment to societal resilience, helping to fortify the Filipino community against the challenges posed by the inevitable cycles of nature.

Legal Basis

The SSS Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) is grounded in the legal framework of the Republic of the Philippines Social Security System. Under Circular No. 2022-027, the agency introduced the CLAP to provide essential financial support to its members during times of disaster. 


Members who qualify for the CLAP can enjoy several benefits, including:

  • A loan amount equivalent to their one-month salary credit, based on the average of their last 12 monthly salary credits.
  • Repayment terms that are manageable, with the loan repayable over 24 months, including a moratorium period.
  • A relatively low annual interest rate, ensuring that the loan remains affordable for the members.

Eligibility / Qualifications

To qualify for the CLAP, members must:

  • Have a My.SSS account at
  • Have at least 36 monthly contributions, six of which must be within the last 12 months before the application.
  • Reside in an area declared as calamity-stricken.
  • Have no outstanding Loan Restructuring Program (LRP) or previous CLAP.
  • For employed members, have their CLAP application certified by their employer through the online My.SSS facility.


The requirements to apply for the CLAP include:

Application for Calamity Loan Assistance form: How to Fill Out

Applying for the Calamity Loan Assistance Program requires careful completion of the form from the ageny. Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to fill out the Application form:

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  • 1. Personal Information:
      • Begin with your SSS number and complete name as registered with SSS.
      • Fill in your date of birth, address, and contact details.
      • Ensure your Employer ID Number is accurate if you’re employed.
  • 2. Loan Information:
      • Specify the loan amount you’re applying for, ensuring it does not exceed your eligible one-month salary credit.
      • Indicate the preferred loan payment term; it could be 24 months, including a moratorium period.
  • 3. Employment Information (if applicable):
      • Provide your employer’s name and address, including postal code.
      • If you’ve had a change of employers, list down your previous employer and the dates of your employment there.
  • 4. Bank Information (for disbursement):
      • If you choose to receive the credits through your bank account, include your bank details.
      • Note that only certain banks may be eligible for direct deposit, so check with SSS for the list of accredited banks.
  • 5. Declaration and Agreement:
      • Read through the application agreement carefully. This section outlines the terms and conditions of the calamity loan.
      • By signing the form, you’re agreeing to these terms, which include the credit amount, interest rates, repayment terms, and the authorization to deduct unpaid credit amounts from future SSS benefits if necessary.
  • 6. Promissory Note:
      • This section is a legal commitment that you will pay back the credit according to the terms specified.
      • It includes important details about the loan’s interest rate, payment schedule, and penalties for late payment.
  • 7. Certificate of Net Pay:
      • To be completed by your employer, this certifies your net pay which is necessary to determine your loanable amount.
      • Includes basic salary, allowances, deductions, and net monthly income.
  • 8. Authority to Deduct (optional):
      • This part is optional and only needed if you wish to authorize SSS to deduct credit payments directly from your salary or benefits.
  • Final Steps:
    • After completing the form, double-check all entered information for accuracy.
    • Sign the form in the designated areas. Remember, providing false information on this form can lead to penalties.
    • Submit the form to the nearest SSS branch or through the online portal if available.

Note: Remember to read all the guidelines and instructions provided on the form to ensure compliance with the agency’s requirements. These guidelines provide clarity on eligibility, loan amounts, repayment terms, and the necessary steps for application. If you encounter any difficulties or have questions, reach out to the nearest SSS office or use their online customer service options.

Step-by-Step Guide on How to Benefit from the SSS Calamity Loan Assistance Program Online

  1. Log In to Your My.SSS Account: Visit and log into your account.
  2. Apply for Calamity Loan: Navigate to “E-SERVICES” and select “Apply for Calamity Loan.”
  3. Update Your Information: Ensure your local mailing address is up to date. This step is important for the credit processing.
  4. Fill Out the Application Form: Complete the online application form with the required information.
  5. Submit the Application: Review your application for accuracy, then submit it.
  6. Wait for Approval: The SSS will process your application. Keep an eye on your account for updates.

Note: The Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) application typically undergoes a streamlined process. Within 3 to 5 working days, the application is processed, and decisions are usually made within 7 to 15 business days. Once approved, the loan proceeds are credited to the member-borrower’s account through their registered Unified Multi-Purpose Identification (UMID) – Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card, active accounts with a Philippine Electronic Fund Transfer System and Operations Network (PESONet) participating bank, or Union Bank of the Philippines (UBP) Quick Cards registered in the Disbursement Account Enrollment Module (DAEM).

  1. Loan Disbursement: Once approved, the amount will be credited to your account based on your chosen disbursement option.

Recent Updates

SSS Introduces Consolidated Loan Program for Members with Unsettled Loan Payments

The Social Security System has launched its Consolidated Loan Program, providing an opportunity for members with unsettled credit payments to ease their financial burden. This program, which started in September 2022, offers an affordable payment scheme for short-term member loans, including salary, calamity, or emergency loans that are past due.

Mayon Volcanic Activity: Calamity Assistance Package (CAP) Provides Support for Affected Members and Pensioners

The Calamity Assistance Package (CAP) offers support to members and pensioners affected by the recent Mayon Volcanic Activity. To access detailed information, simply scan the QR code provided.

SSS Reintroduces Calamity Assistance Package for “Paeng” Victims

The Social Security System has reintroduced the Calamity Assistance Package (CAP) to support its members and pensioners affected by the severe tropical storm “Paeng”. The package includes the Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP) and a three-month advance pension for SS and EC pensioners. Applications for the CAP are open from November 17, 2022, to February 16, 2023.

SSS Calamity Loan Assistance for “Paeng” Discussed by Mr. Rod Armas

In the segment “uSSSap tayo!”, Mr. Rod Armas discusses the Calamity Loan Assistance Program offered by the Social Security System for those impacted by the severe tropical storm “Paeng”. He outlines the options for aid available for members and the necessary steps to apply. This information aims to help affected individuals understand and access financial aid during recovery.

SSS Offers Calamity Assistance Package to Typhoon Odette Victims

The Social Security System has announced the implementation of a Calamity Assistance Package for its members and pensioners affected by Typhoon Odette. The package includes the Calamity Loan Assistance Program (CLAP), Direct House Repair and Improvement Loan, and a three-month advance pension for those in affected areas. SSS President and CEO Aurora C. Ignacio expressed sympathy for the affected individuals and emphasized the importance of providing financial aid during their recovery process. (SSS)

Video: #eSSSkwela Webinar S02E06 | Salary Loan and Calamity Loan

In case you missed it, the latest episode of the #eSSSkwela Webinar series provides valuable information on filing for Salary or Calamity Loans. Part 1 covers the various requirements, qualifying conditions, and the step-by-step process for filing. Don’t miss out on this essential guide for eSSSkwela participants!



The Calamity Loan Assistance Program is a testament to the Filipino spirit of bayanihan, offering much-needed financial support to those affected by natural disasters. By providing this support, the SSS not only helps members recover from the immediate effects of calamities but also reinforces the sense of community and resilience among Filipinos. If you or someone you know has been affected by a disaster, consider applying for the CLAP to help navigate through these challenging times.

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