I was trying to search the net for Pag-ibig press releases on their historical MP2 dividend rates, I wanted to compile a list for our easy reference and just update it annually. It was quite challenging really, scouring the many documents on their site (I also looked into their Facebook page by the way). Finally, I decided to just call their hotline instead 724-4244 (this is literally dial PAG-IBIG) and give it a shot. Surprisingly I got through immediately, there were no queues on the hotline and Sir N**n was very accommodating to my queries (name redacted for his safety LOL data privacy).
PAG-IBIG MP 2 RECAP
What’s MP2 again? MP 2 stands for Modified Pag-Ibig 2. It is named as such to differentiate it from the mandatory Pag-Ibig deductions that employers deduct from their employees monthly. Some refer to this mandatory deduction of P100 per month as MP1. Hence, MP2 is voluntary, but gives out higher dividends / interest rates. Other salient points of MP2 are as follows:
- Government guaranteed
- Tax free dividends
- Can be monthly (as low as PHP500) or less frequent as long as you reach PHP6,000 annually
- Can be salary deducted through your employer (if they allow it) or you can enroll your own remittance method
- 5-year maturity
You may read our previous article on MP2 here: High Interest Savings Thru Pag-ibig MP2.
HOW MUCH DIVIDENDS?
So I dialed PAG-IBIG and was able to talk to Sir N**n. It was meant to be. He provided the following rates from 2013 to 2017 for both MP 1 and MP 2. Watch this space for updates 2018 onwards.
- MP 1
- 2017: 7.61%
- 2016: 6.93%
- 2015: 4.83%
- 2014: 4.19%
- 2013: 4.09%
- MP 2
- 2017: 7.83% to 8.11%*
- 2016: 7.43%
- 2015: 5.33%
- 2014: 4.69%
- 2013: 4.59%
- 2010 to 2012: 4.92% (est)**
*Per our phone conversation, the dividend rate for 2017 is 7.83% (I triple-checked this with him), whereas upon checking the website, the quoted rate is 8.11% (Click here for the article). Anyway, both are respectably high for a savings account. Plus this one is government guaranteed and tax free!
** Estimate only, for comparison purposes. Based on a previous flyer, average for 2010 to 2016 is 5.26%. The 4.92% estimate for 2010 to 2012 will yield a simple average of 5.26% for 2010 to 2016. Note, simple average only.
Based on the same press release, MP2 is now open to all members with at least 24 monthly savings (MP 1) prior to retirement. It no longer has minimum income requirement because previously, MP 2 was open only to those with P5,000 minimum monthly income. It now covers retirees, pensioners and former Pag-Ibig members.
Based on my previous discussions with the Pag-Ibig hotline, OFWs are also qualified and they may remit via bayad centers. Unfortunately for locally employed, the available options so far are salary deduction, or over the counter to any Pag-Ibig branch (open during office hours), which is quite of a downer since not employers are ready to implement extra deductions for MP 2. This will really challenge Juan’s discipline in saving, whether he’s willing to go to a Pag-ibig branch regularly to save. Here’s to hoping that ADA in bank account, or online transfer will be made available soon.
Nonetheless, Sir Nn also mentioned that it is not required that one saves an amount monthly, as long as he meets the PHP6000 annually. One can even do lump sum of PHP30K or higher so that s/he will only go to Pag-Ibig branch once. At least that’s what Sir Nn told me, ok?
Once again, caveat. I’m just here to update you on possible investment options for us retail investors.
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