Teachers cry foul over loan application denial

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Monday, April 30, 2012


CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- A group of teachers who filed loan applications at Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) and Pag-Ibig were barred from availing the benefit, on the basis of an internal memorandum allegedly issued by the Department of Education (DepEd) Division of Pampanga.

According to one of the teachers, who requested anonymity, the memorandum contained a provision which states that teachers whose net pay is less than P5,000 are not entitled to avail of a loan.

“Pag meg-file kami loan, sabyan da eke makapag-avail kasi atin memo,” the teacher said.

The group is now questioning the memorandum claimed to have been issued by the DepEd.

This, they said, is not fair and runs against the underlying principle of GSIS and Pag-Ibig which is the provision of financial assistance in times of distress or financial difficulties.

“Apin ing dilemma we are facing this enrollment. Nanu akarapat mi ali sapat ing sweldu mi king escalating commodity prices?,” another teacher pointed out.

As this developed, they are urging DepEd Supervisor Dr. Nick Capulong to reconsider the memo and instead look more on the general interest of the teachers.

They want the DepEd Division of Pampanga to lift the memo so that even teachers with a net pay of less than P5,000 could still get loans.

“I just speak in behalf of the teachers. Metung ku kareng makaranas king kasakitan ayan,” a teacher further explained.

Under the GSIS law, any active member with no pending administrative or criminal case is qualified to apply for the loan, provided their agency remitted at least three correct monthly premium payments (both personal and government share) within the last six months prior to the filing of the application.

Published in the Sun.Star Pampanga newspaper on May 01, 2012.

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