KORONADAL CITY, South Cotabato, July 16 (PIA) - Eleven establishments in Koronadal City, which have been remiss in their mandatory obligations under the Social Security Act of 2018, were ordered to comply with their delinquencies within 15 days or face possible legal actions.
Atty. Renato Jacinto Cuisia, acting vice president for Operations Legal Services Divisions I and II of SSS central office, led the issuance of show cause orders to the delinquent employers, Tuesday, July 9, in a Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) operations.
Cuisia said the RACE operation in Koronadal is part of SSS's nationwide campaign to increase awareness on employers' obligations and workers rights to social security protection.
"The purpose in coming here in Koronadal is to deliver a strong message to the public and to our members that we are serious in our campaign to increase the level of awareness, improve collection efficiency, and to enforce our laws," Cuisia told Philippine Information Agency.
Of the 11 establishments visited by the RACE team, 6 failed to register their businesses with SSS, 5 did not remit employees' SSS contributions, and 1 did not report the correct number of their employees.
Show cause orders were posted at Beb's AJ House of Pies, MIGG Enterprises, Earl Convenience Store, Earl Agrivet and Earl Barber Shop, NZ Hardware, and Tagpuan Cafe for non-registration of businesses to SSS.
Same notices were issued to Seiralab Incorporated, La Villa Amor Holdings Corporation, and Smile Balloon for non-remittance of employees' SSS premiums; and 747 Convenience Store for underreporting of employees.
These employers were given "non-extendable period of fifteen (15) days" to comply with the order, which was dated July 9, 2019.
"Failure to comply with this Order may subject the violator to criminal prosecution and upon conviction, a penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment without the benefit of probation," the order states.
Data from the SSS-Koronadal Branch indicate that 2,500 establishments here are non-compliant to the provisions of the Social Security Act of 2018. Of this number, 2,056 have been intermittent in their payments and 494 have not paid contributions of their employees. This affects at least 22,759 employees.
Social Security Act of 2018 (Republic Act 11199) mandates that employers must register with the SSS on the first day of operation, report their employees within 30 days from their first day of work, submit their employees' records to the SSS Account Officer for payroll audit, and remit the employees' contributions regularly.
Cuisia also encouraged the employers they visited in the RACE operations and other non-compliant employers to avail of the SSS's Contribution Penalty Condonation Program before it ends on September 1, 2019.
Cuisia said, the program is advantageous to the employers because they can settle their contribution delinquencies without paying the accrued penalties. In addition, employers who will avail of the program may opt to pay the principal amount in installment.
Several RACE operations were conducted in other parts of the country simultaneous with the Koronadal City activity.
"This is just one of our campaigns where we go out in public where we visit different establishments nationwide. As we talk now, we are having simultaneous operations in Tacloban, Paranaque and in Batangas. More to come within the calendar and next year. We will be relentless in our campaign, he said.
Two weeks ago, RACE operations were conducted in Binondo, Manila; Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija, Dumaguete City, Negros Occidental; and Iligan, Lanao del Norte. (DED/PIA 12)