SSS cracks down on delinquent employers thru ‘RACE’ campaign

MANILA -- The Social Security System (SSS) has mapped more than 50 stores in a shopping mall in Lipa City, Batangas, as it intensifies its campaign against erring employers.

Under the leadership of SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc, the agency launched its first Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) Campaign on Friday.

The RACE Campaign in Batangas is just first of the many regional campaigns that we will be doing for the whole year. We want to track down delinquent employers not only in Metro Manila but also in the provinces, said Dooc.

Dooc added that they will stop the blatant violation of social security law among employers through the RACE campaign.

During the campaign, Dooc identified 36 out the 54 mapped stores as non-compliant, 19 of which were non-registrant, 11 were intermittently paying and six were non-paying.

These employers will be given letters of notice to register their employees as SSS members and pay their monthly premiums.

Four Collits Enterprises, Elisse Fashion Corp, Chriki Colleczione Corp, Charles and Patty Food Products and Maritonee's Snack House were given show cause orders due to non-registration of employees.

These stores were ordered to reply to the show cause order within the non-extendable period of 15 days from posting.

Failure to submit their reply to the nearest SSS branch would prod SSS to take legal action against them.

Meanwhile, Johan Marlo Food Enterprise, TV Llanes Lotto Outlet, Redberry Trading, and Diandra Denise Boutique were reminded to settle their unpaid contributions including penalties amounting to PHP309,515.

Dooc said violators of the social security law could be sentenced to a maximum of 12 years imprisonment in addition to the settlement of the total amount of delinquencies and penalties set by the court.

Dooc advised employees to be vigilant in checking their SSS accounts so they can quickly report any irregularity in their contributions.

In the first instance that they discover that their employers are not paying their contributions, please report them immediately at the nearest SSS branch. Let us help one another to ensure that employers comply with the SS Law, Dooc said.

SSS has set up an information booth in Robinson's Lipa to provide members with status updates on their membership, benefit and salary loan application and contribution details.

The booth will also provide basic services such as issuance of social security number, online verification, and distribution of information, education and communication materials.

We would like to commend Robinsons Mall for extending their full support to the RACE Program. In fact, they have been our constant partner in bringing SSS services closer to our members by providing us free office spaces at their Lingkod Pinoy Centers, Dooc said.(PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency