RACE targets delinquent employers in Bulacan

MALOLOS, Bulacan – The Social Security System (SSS) visited and served written orders to eight delinquent employers through the Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) campaign on June 30, 2023.

The orders stipulate that employers have a 15-day period from receipt to coordinate with their respective account officers and comply with the provisions of the Social Security Law.

“The primary objective of the RACE campaign is to raise awareness among delinquent employers of their legal obligations under Republic Act 11199 or popularly known as the Social Security Act of 2018. The SSS is diligently committed to protecting the right of employees to SSS benefits by enforcing accurate and timely remittance of their Social Security (SS) and Employees’ Compensation (EC) contributions,” SSS Luzon Central 2 Vice President Gloria Corazon M. Andrada said.

SSS Malolos Branch aims to collect a total of P2.1 million from the eight employers subjected to their fourth RACE campaign, thereby ensuring the benefits of the 47 employees of these visited companies.
To support employers in settling their delinquencies, the SSS offers the Contribution Penalty Condonation, Delinquency Management, and Restructuring Program (CPCoDe MRP) where eligible employers can have their penalties waived. If they cannot pay in full the principal amount of delinquencies due, they have the option to enter into an installment plan which allows them a period of up to 48 months, depending on the amount, to settle their delinquencies.

“No application is required for employers who choose to pay their delinquencies in full for the pandemic period from March 2020 to February 2022. They only need to settle the principal amount of contributions, with the penalty being completely condoned,” Andrada added.

Moreover, business employers with delinquencies outside the pandemic period may also be qualified for the condonation of the contribution penalty and shall instead pay the principal amount plus the six percent legal interest per annum provided they can show financial statements that they incurred losses during the delinquency period.

Andrada also highlighted the effectiveness of the RACE campaign, citing the collection of P6.5 million in 2022. Furthermore, during a simultaneous RACE event held on April 28, 2023, about a million pesos was collected, resulting in a total initial collection of P7.5 million from previous activities conducted by the branch.

“We advise all workers to remain vigilant and monitor their contribution records. If any discrepancies or gaps are identified, we encourage them to promptly report these issues to the SSS. By ensuring the accuracy and completeness of their contribution records, workers can protect their rights and avail of the benefits they deserve,” Andrada concluded.