SSS taps police vs deliquent employers

A campaign against deliquent employers will be jointly undertaken by the Social Security System and the Philippine National Police to make sure social protection and safe environment for workers is observed.

This after the Social Security System and the Philippine National Police (PNP) forged a memorandum of agreement promoting for safe working environment and provide social protection to the private sector.

“Both SSS and PNP commit to provide protection, particularly social and security, to our members. That’s why we are glad to have entered into an agreement with PNP as they will help maintain peace and order while we reinforce the Social Security law, especially as we continue to implement our aggressive collection efforts like the Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) campaign, Operation Tokhang-SSS Style and soon for the serving of the Warrant of Distraint, Levy, and Garnishment (WDLG),” said SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc.

The MOA, Dooc said aims to establish a framework that will strengthen the enforcement of and extend social protection to the working class. It also share significant resources that will equip PNP and SSS to attain its respective mandates.

The MOA formalizes the coordination of SSS with the PNP regarding activities, including serving of lawful Orders and execution of all warrants that would require the police assistance and protection to SSS representatives.

“There is no slowing down for SSS in going after erring employers to ensure that our members’ right to social security is protected. We need the support of the police force as we strongly administer our nationwide campaign to increase contribution collection and promote compliance to the Social Security Law by filing charges and serving warrants to these employers who run away from their obligations to SSS and their employees,” Dooc added.

This is not the first time that SSS and PNP are working close together as the pension fund and PNP have ongoing partnerships under the programs Operation Tokhang and Run After Contribution Evaders, where they serve warrants against erring employers and post show cause orders in non-compliant establishments, respectively.

“As of November 6, there were already 102 employers subjected to RACE conducted in 10 regional areas, namely, Lipa City, Dagupan City, El Nido, Palawan, Davao City, General Santos City, Bacolod City, Pagadian City, Laoag City, Naga City and Butuan City. This has been part of our regional campaign as part of our aggressive efforts in collection contribution, promoting compliance and ensuring higher coverage of employees,” Dooc said.