The Modified Pag-IBIG II or MP2 is an optional savings scheme for members who want to save more and earn higher dividends on top of their regular Pag-IBIG savings.
The HMDF invests the funds collected from the Pag-IBIG MP2 mostly in its housing loan program, as well as its short-term loan programs. Funds grow through interest payments from borrowers. The rest is invested in corporate bonds, time deposits, and government securities.
Whether you’re a first-time investor or an experienced one who wants to add Pag-IBIG MP2 investment to your portfolio, this guide should get you started.
Table of Contents
- Who Can Save Under MP2?
- What Is the Latest Performance of Pag-IBIG MP2 (As of 2021)?
- Why Should You Open a Pag IBIG MP2 Account?
- How To Enroll in the MP2 Program.
- How To Compute Pag-IBIG MP2 Dividend.
- Why Is the Dividend Rate of Pag-IBIG MP2 So High?
- Is It Safe To Invest in Pag-IBIG MP2? The Risk of Putting Your Money in Pag-IBIG MP2, Explained.
- How To Make the Most Out of Your MP2 Investment To Achieve Important Life Goals.
- Tips and Warnings.
- Frequently Asked Questions.
- 1. When should I pay my Pag-IBIG MP2 savings?
- 2. What is the best way to invest in Pag-IBIG MP2? Is it through monthly, annual, or one-time savings?
- 3. How can I pay my Pag-IBIG MP2 savings?
- 4. Which is better: increase my regular Pag-IBIG contributions or save my money under MP2?
- 5. Is it better to cash out Pag-IBIG MP2 dividends every year or keep them invested for the next 5 years?
- 6. When can I withdraw my MP2 savings?
- 7. How can I claim my MP2 savings?
- 8. How can I check or monitor my Pag-IBIG MP2 contributions?
- 9. Can I re-apply for a new MP2 Savings once my MP2 Savings matures?
- 10. Where does Pag-IBIG invest my MP2 contributions?
- 11. How can I open a Pag IBIG MP2 account if I’m an OFW working/living abroad?
- 12. What is the difference between Pag IBIG MP2 and SSS PESO Fund? Which one is a better government savings program?
- 13. What is the best and cheapest way to remit/send money to your Pag-IBIG MP2 account?
Who Can Save Under MP2?
You can open a Pag-IBIG MP2 account if you belong to any of these groups:
- All active Pag-IBIG members, regardless of monthly income.
- Former members or pensioners, regardless of age, who have paid at least 24 monthly contributions before retirement.
If you’re a former member who’s qualified for the MP2 program, you can simply proceed with your MP2 enrollment.
What Is the Latest Performance of Pag-IBIG MP2 (As of 2021)?
The pandemic hasn’t stopped Pag-IBIG Fund members from investing their money in Pag-IBIG MP2. If anything, it even motivated them to save more.
With an average monthly savings of Php 3,270, Pag-IBIG Fund members collectively saved a total of Php 13.28 billion in 2020, higher than the record-smashing Php 12.01 billion they saved the previous year1.
As of January 2021, there are 338,248 members who are putting their hard-earned money in their MP2 savings accounts.
The Pag-IBIG MP2 dividend rate for 2020 is 6.12% which is quite impressive given that the pandemic has wreaked havoc on the world economy. Expect the dividend to reflect on your account by the second quarter of 2021.
Why Should You Open a Pag IBIG MP2 Account?
MP2 enrollment is not required for Pag-IBIG members, but doing so will be beneficial for you in the long run.
Here are five good reasons to start saving under the Pag-IBIG MP2:
1. Above-market dividend rates.
The most compelling reason to save under MP2 is its above-market annual dividend rates.
In the past few years, MP2 dividend rates have grown steadily, averaging at 6.96% from 2015 to 2017.
For 2018, the Pag-IBIG Fund declared the MP2 dividend rate at 7.41%. Meanwhile, the declared MP2 dividend rate in 2019 is 7.23%.
Simply put, the MP2 is more profitable than the regular Pag-IBIG savings program. MP2 dividend rates even surpass the average interest rates of investment products from commercial banks in the Philippines.
With the HDMF’s record-breaking financial performance year after year, it’s expected to maintain the MP2 program’s remarkable dividend rates.
2. An easy, affordable, and flexible way to save.
Under the MP2, you need to save only at least Php 500 as an initial deposit and as a monthly deposit should you decide to remit every month thereafter.
It makes saving money easy on the budget, especially for low-income earners.
The MP2 also offers flexibility on how often you want to save.
You can choose to save every month if your budget is tight. Alternatively, you can deposit a higher amount in a lump sum into your MP2 account, so you don’t have to remit monthly. For example, you can pay Php 30,000 as a one-time remittance instead of paying Php 500 every month for five years.
You also have the option to receive your dividend earnings through either annual payout or compounded savings.
If you choose to receive your dividend via annual payout, it will be credited every year to your enrolled bank account with Pag-IBIG. But with compounded earnings, you’ll have to wait until the five-year maturity period before you can receive all your dividend earnings.
3. Government-guaranteed and tax-free earnings.
Unlike other investment vehicles, there’s no risk of losing your savings under MP2 because they’re fully guaranteed by the government.
However, dividend rates change per year, depending on the HDMF’s financial performance.
The worst-case scenario would be getting back only your principal (the actual amount saved) without a profit, according to Pag-IBIG Fund President and CEO Acmad Rizaldy Moti2.
On the flip side, if your investment performs well, you can withdraw your full capital and earnings upon maturity without paying any withholding taxes.
4. Short-term to medium-term investment.
The MP2 program allows you to access your funds more quickly (with a five-year maturity period) than the regular Pag-IBIG savings program and other long-term investment vehicles (with maturity periods ranging from 10 to 20 years).
This means the Pag-IBIG Fund will hold your MP2 savings for five years. After that period, you can withdraw all your savings or let it keep earning dividends for another two years.
5. Save as much as you want.
There’s no limit on the amount you can save under MP2.
Just remember that the minimum amount you can save is Php 500. You may increase this during the next few months (e.g., Month 1: Php 500; Month 2: Php 5,000; Month 3: Php 10,000; and so forth).
However, it should be noted that there’s no penalty for no deposit so long as your total savings averages at least Php 500 per month.
Because there’s no penalty for no deposit, you can save anytime you want, whether it’s monthly, twice a month, quarterly, or once by paying a one-time lump-sum deposit.
You may also deposit a million pesos! You’ll have to issue a personal check or manager’s check, though, if you’ll save Php 500,000 or higher.
You can also enroll and maintain as many MP2 savings accounts as you want. This feature is great for meeting various financial goals. For example, you can have an MP2 account for starting a small business, another account for funding your child’s college education, and so on.
How To Enroll in the MP2 Program.
There are two ways to open an MP2 savings account: applying directly at any Pag-IBIG office or using the online MP2 Enrollment System.
Option 1: Walk-in MP2 registration at a Pag-IBIG branch.
- Submit a completed Modified Pag-IBIG II Enrollment Form at the nearest Pag-IBIG branch.
- After encoding your information, the officer will issue an account number for each of your MP2 accounts. You’ll use the MP2 account number/s to remit your savings.
- If you want to pay your first monthly MP2 savings right away, inform the Pag-IBIG officer. You’ll be given a queue number for the payment.
- When your number is called, proceed to the cashier and pay the amount you indicated on your MP2 enrollment form. Receive your official receipt.
Option 2: Online MP2 enrollment.
Online registration for MP2 is quicker than enrolling manually, as you won’t have to fill out the form at the Pag-IBIG office.
Here’s how to enroll in the MP2 program online:
- Go to the Modified Pag-IBIG 2 Enrollment System.
- Type your Pag-IBIG MID number, surname, first name, and birthdate in MM/DD/YYYY format. Then enter the code as it appears on your screen. Click the Submit button.
- Fill out the online form. The fields for Pag-IBIG MID no., Name, Date of Birth, Present Home Address, and E-mail Address are already pre-filled so no need to fill them out.
- Enter your Desired Monthly Contribution in the field provided. Take note that payment frequency is flexible; this field is more for those who will opt to pay via salary deduction. If you’re an employee who wants to regularly remit every month, make sure your HR has enrolled your account to automatic payroll deduction. Otherwise, your desired amount won’t be automatically deducted from your monthly salary.
- Provide your answers to the following: (a) Preferred Dividend Payout – whether you’d like to receive the MP2 dividends or by the end of the five-year term; (b) Mode of Payment – how you want to pay your MP2 contributions which can be through salary deduction, over-the-counter, or via one of the Pag-IBIG-accredited payment channels; and (c) Source of Funds – how you earn your money from which MP2 contributions are derived from. Once you’re done selecting from the drop-down menus provided, click the Submit button.
- Review all the details on your unprinted MP2 form, including the terms and conditions. Take note of your MP2 account number in the upper right corner.
- Click the link at the bottommost part of the page to print your MP2 enrollment form. You may save it first as a PDF file for printing later. If you’re an employee, print an additional copy and submit it to your HR staff or employer, so you can remit your MP2 savings via salary deduction.
- Optional: If you want to open another MP2 account, repeat steps 1 to 7.
Go back to the main article: How to Compute Your Pag-IBIG Contribution: A Complete Guide to Contribution Table and Payment
How To Compute Pag-IBIG MP2 Dividend.
A dividend is an amount that the Pag-IBIG Fund pays out to its members who invest in the MP2 program.
Dividend earnings are tax-free, which means you’ll receive the full amount without having to pay the 20% final withholding tax.
To compute your MP2 dividend, multiply the dividend rate for the applicable year by your average monthly balance.
Here’s the formula for MP2 dividend computation:
Dividend = Dividend rate x Average monthly balance
Calculating the MP2 dividend is not as simple as it looks, though.
Before proceeding with the computation, it’s important to understand first what the dividend rate and the average monthly balance mean.
The dividend rate is the interest rate based on the Pag-IBIG Fund’s annual net income. The Fund usually announces the dividend rate for a particular year in the first or second quarter of the following year through a news release on the Pag-IBIG website.
For instance, the dividend rate for 2018 is 7.41%, which the Pag-IBIG Fund declared in April 2019.
Meanwhile, the average monthly balance refers to the average of the MP2 savings you’ve accumulated by the year-end. To determine your average monthly balance, get your total cumulative savings for the year and then divide it by 12 (months).
For easier calculation, record your monthly MP2 savings into an Excel file or Google Spreadsheet and then get their average.
Let’s say you’re saving Php 500 per month from January to December 2020. Plotted on a spreadsheet, your cumulative savings look like this:
The total cumulative savings for 2020 is Php 39,000. Divide that by 12, and you’ll get Php 3,250. That’s your average monthly balance.
An easier way to compute the average monthly balance is to use the AVERAGE function in Excel or Google Spreadsheet, which yields the same amount: Php 3,250.
At this point, you can already compute the dividend for the year 2020 based on a dividend rate of 7.5% (the rate the Pag-IBIG Fund always uses in its sample dividend computations).
0.075 (dividend rate) x Php 3,250 (average monthly balance) = Php 243.75 (dividend for 2020)
To compute your dividends for the next four years, simply repeat all the steps above.
If you avail of the compounded savings option, don’t forget to add the dividend amount from the previous year to the cumulative savings in January of the following year.
But if you avail of the annual dividend payout option, don’t add the dividend amount from the previous year to the current year because it’s paid out to you every year.
For your quick reference, the table below from the Pag-IBIG Fund shows the annual dividend payout over a five-year period if you pay Php 500 monthly to your MP2 account (based on a 7.5% dividend rate).
Note: The first line was the one we used as an example for the detailed computation above.
The second table, on the other hand, shows how much you can earn if you choose to keep your dividends in your account within the same period and use the power of compound interest (again, based on a 7.5% dividend rate).
Why Is the Dividend Rate of Pag-IBIG MP2 So High?
Historically, MP2 dividend rates have been on an upward trend. Since 2016 up to present, the rates have never gone down below 7%.
While these figures seem too good to be true, there’s no reason to worry or doubt as to why the Pag-IBIG MP2 dividend rates are “too high.”
The Pag-IBIG Fund’s strong financial performance over the years has pushed up the MP2 rates. The government agency attributes its solid financial standing to its operational efficiencies and strong housing loan payment collections.
Because the Pag-IBIG Fund invests 70% of its investible funds in its housing loan program, people investing in MP2 earn from the interest payments of housing loan borrowers.
Also, MP2 dividends come from at least 70% of the Pag-IBIG Fund’s annual net income, which has seen steady growth for the past six years. In 2019, the Fund recorded a net income of Php 34.37 billion—its highest ever3.
An impressive annual financial performance translates to higher dividend earnings for MP2 accountholders.
Is It Safe To Invest in Pag-IBIG MP2? The Risk of Putting Your Money in Pag-IBIG MP2, Explained.
Yes, it’s generally safe to invest in Pag-IBIG MP2 but it has its own drawbacks.
Although it is government-guaranteed (and tax-free), it only guarantees your capital, not your returns. This is because the dividend rate is not fixed. It is highly dependent on the yearly earnings of Pag-IBIG.
For instance, 2017’s recorded rate of dividend (8.11%) is higher than 2018’s (7.41%).
Pag-IBIG MP2’s five-year maturity period also limits your money’s liquidity. If you are to invest in stock markets, you can buy and sell stocks anytime you want. This is not possible with Pag-IBIG MP2.
If you are going to wait for the five-year maturity period, make sure you’ll only invest the money you won’t mind touching within the said time period.
However, Pag-IBIG does allow full withdrawal before the five-year maturity period, but it depends on the reason for pre-termination.
In conclusion, the stock market can beat Pag-IBIG MP2. But, if you accept the risks and focus more on the advantages, then Pag-IBIG MP2 can be worth investing in.
How To Make the Most Out of Your MP2 Investment To Achieve Important Life Goals.
Here are the different ways to maximize your MP2 investment based on your goal.
1. For long-term investment (10+ years).
If you’re in your 20s or 30s, you have more than 10 years to invest your money for any long-term financial goal, like building your retirement fund or buying your dream home.
For this, your strategy should be growing your money over time. Here’s how to do it through Pag-IBIG MP2 savings:
- Open an MP2 account with the compounded dividend option.
- Make a one-time MP2 contribution (ideally not less than Php 30,000).
- Withdraw your earnings at the end of the five-year maturity period.
- Re-invest your earnings by opening a new MP2 account.
- Repeat the process for another five years and so on.
- Withdraw your total cumulative savings and dividends when you’ve reached your target earnings.
2. For capital preservation.
If you’re in your retirement age (or approaching it), you can’t take investment risks anymore. So instead of investing in the long-term, your goal is to preserve your capital so that your money doesn’t lose its value to inflation.
Pag-IBIG MP2 can help you achieve that goal through the annual dividend payout option, which allows you to receive dividends per year while keeping the value of your investment. Here’s how to do it:
- Open an MP2 account with the annual dividend payout option.
- Make a one-time MP2 contribution (The higher the amount, the higher return you’ll get).
- Receive your dividend every year through your Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card Plus or the bank account you registered in your MP2 account opening.
- Withdraw your cumulative savings once your MP2 account reaches the five-year maturity period.
- Re-invest your earnings by opening a new MP2 account.
- Repeat the process for another five years and so on, as long as you need a steady stream of income.
3. For multiple medium-term investment goals.
The Pag-IBIG Fund allows opening as many MP2 accounts as possible. Take advantage of this feature if you have several goals to achieve for the next five years or so.
The optimal number of accounts will depend on the expenses you’re preparing for. Each account will be created for a specific purpose, such as travel fund, tuition fund, wedding fund, home/vehicle purchase, etc.
Here’s how to maximize your MP2 investment for your medium-term goals:
- Open two or more MP2 accounts at the same time with the compounded dividend option. If your budget is limited, you can open one account per year for the next two years or more.
- Make a one-time contribution per MP2 account.
- Withdraw your earnings upon maturity of each account.
Tips and Warnings.
- If you choose to save monthly, the minimum amount you can remit each month is Php 500. Since there’s no limit to how much you can save, you can remit anything higher than Php 500 initially and during the succeeding months. For example, you can save Php 500 during the first month, remit Php 20,000 during the next, Php 10,000 in the third month, and so forth.
- Payments don’t need to be consistent. You can save once a month, twice a month, every quarter, or just once through a lump-sum deposit.
- You can even skip a payment without incurring any penalty. Just to be clear, the Php 500 mentioned previously is the minimum amount you can contribute. But in case you forget to remit or you have nothing to remit at all, rest assured your account will remain active as long as the total amount of your savings averages at least Php 500 a month.
- The 5-year lock-in period starts from the time you make your first deposit, not when you generate your Pag-IBIG MP2 number on the website.
- Upon application, you can choose to receive either annual dividends or leave your savings untouched for the next 5 years so you can earn more through compounded savings. The annual dividends are paid out to members through the Pag-IBIG Loyalty Card Plus.
- To quickly check whether your latest payment already reflects in your Pag-IBIG MP2 account, create a Virtual Pag-IBIG account. Once you already have an account, follow the instructions here to view your updated record of contributions or MP2 deposit history. On average, it takes 3-5 days for the payment to finally reflect in your account.
- If you’re paying through a third-party payment channel, always keep proof of your transaction like the actual receipt or screenshot showing your payment has been received (if you’re using a mobile wallet like GCash).
- Pag-IBIG MP2 savings should not be considered an emergency fund. If you’re trying to build an emergency fund, do so in a savings account. Although banks offer relatively lower interest rates, they offer the convenience of withdrawing your money anytime you need them.
- Pag-IBIG MP2 is perfect for people with a low-risk appetite. In other words, don’t expect to get high rewards when investing in Pag-IBIG MP2. If done right, investing in the stock market or a business can give you significantly higher returns. So if you’re more drawn to higher-risk investment avenues, and you’re prepared to deal with potentially bigger losses, then Pag-IBIG MP2 may not be for you.
Frequently Asked Questions.
2. What is the best way to invest in Pag-IBIG MP2? Is it through monthly, annual, or one-time savings?
5. Is it better to cash out Pag-IBIG MP2 dividends every year or keep them invested for the next 5 years?
12. What is the difference between Pag IBIG MP2 and SSS PESO Fund? Which one is a better government savings program?
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