SSS intensifies employer compliance in Laoag

LAOAG CITY — The Social Security System conducted the 8th regional leg of the SSS Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) Campaign here on October 22 as it intensified its nationwide campaign against erring employers.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said the pension fund further intensified its RACE campaign to instill awareness among employers on their obligations under Republic Act 8282 or Social Security Act of 1997.

Dooc said eight employers were found to be violators of the SS Law due to non-remittance, non-registration, and/or non-production of employee records of businesses to SSS.

“It is also through RACE Campaign that we personally educate the employers on how to become responsible employers through full compliance with the Social Security Law. We would like to focus on this strategy in order to create a significant impact on contribution collection,” Dooc said.

Under the SS Law, employers must be duly registered with the SSS on the first day of business operations, report their employees within 30 days from their first day of work, submit their employee records to the SSS Account Officer for payroll audit, and pay their employee’s contribution regularly.

During the RACE operations, Show Cause Orders were posted at Asia-One General Merchandise, Silver Touch Flower Shop, Madrid’s Sari-Sari Store and Vegetable, Epoh’s Eatery, Xegent Net Solutions and C &M Aluminum & Glass Supply due to non-remittance of SSS contributions with total delinquency worth P803,928.25.

The same notice was served to Khay Kiddie Blocks and Kiddie Rides for failure to register their business with the SSS, and to Synergy Global Services after they failed to produce their employee records for payroll audit and remit their employees’ contributions, resulting in total delinquency of P348,168.41.

The SSS Chief also said that delinquent employers who did not comply with the Show Cause Orders within the non-extendible period of 15 days from posting will face legal consequences.

“This is to remind everyone that employers who were found guilty for violation of SS Law shall suffer imprisonment of up to 12 years. They are also obliged to pay their contribution delinquencies and penalties. I hope that after our personal encounter with them, erring employers shall be more compliant with the SSS law,” Dooc concluded.

Dooc and other top SSS officials conducted a series of regional activities on October 22 and 23 which include RACE Campaign, Employees’ Forum, Sulit Conference, President’s Day, Sulit Conference and courtesy calls on Ilocos Norte Vice Governor Eugenio Angelo M. Barba and Laoag City Mayor Chevylle V. Fariñas.