MANILA – State-run Social Security System said Monday it would grant a calamity assistance package to the members and pensioners in quake-hit areas to be declared by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) as under state of calamity.

This, after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake hit Abra and other areas in the north on July 27 resulting in deaths, injuries, and damaged properties.

“The calamity assistance package will consist of the calamity loan assistance program and the three-month advance pension for pensioners,” SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Michael Regino said in a statement.

While Regino did not disclose the amount of the assistance fund, he said details and updates will be posted at the uSSSap Tayo Portal and its social media accounts.

In its latest update, the NDRRMC said the quake has affected a total of 100,665 families – 381,614 persons living in 1,030 villages in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley and the Cordillera Administrative Region. (PNA)