By Jennifer C. Tilos
The Social Security System (SSS) has served show cause orders Thursday against 11 delinquent employers in Dumaguete City.
SSS Acting Vice President for Operations Legal Services Division Renato Jacinto Cuisia said that of the 11 non-compliant business establishments, four have failed to report the correct number of their employees and remit their workers’ SSS contributions, and other seven employers did not remit their employees’ contributions.
A team of ‘Run After Contribution Evaders’ (RACE) of SSS, law enforcers and media led by Atty. Cuisia proceeded to the 11 establishments in the city to hand over the show cause orders, a demand or notice for employers to make arrangement for the compliance of their obligations.
“We actually warned them several times by sending demand letters. However, it is unfortunate that they didn’t respond to any of our warnings. That’s why SSS Dumaguete branch decided to include them in the employer list for the RACE operations,” Cuisia said.
SSS posted the orders at New Yan Yan Commercial, Eden’s Kandingan, U Feel Fun Inc., Southdale Integrated School Inc., Dumaguete Memorial Park, Nuat Thai,and Buffers Water Treatment and Technology due to non-remittance of SSS contributions.
Meanwhile, the same notice was also served to Bagong Proceso Oficina Inc., Dumaguete Industries and Marketing Corporation. Tri-DM Construction and Engineering Services, and JM Trucking for under reporting of employees and non-remittance of contributions.
SSS Dumaguete branch is expected to collect P1.7 million worth of contribution delinquency after the operations.
Cuisia said “We are more putting more teeth by coming out openly to the public and professing the need for the support of the public in so far as the social protection to the workers.”
The 11 employers are part of the initial list subjected to RACE and some have pending cases in the city, part of about 9,000 cases filed in various courts in the country.
“We have adopted “Oplan Tokhang” SSS style where we get to serve the warrant of arrest for the apprehensions of employers accused who have pending cases before the court,” said Cuisia.
However, violation of SSS law as a special law is a criminal offense which carries six years and one day to 12 years imprisonment without the benefit of probation, added Cuisia.
“This should serve as a warning to all erring employers to comply with the mandatory obligations under SSS law. We already have 74 convictions in the country, that is not necessarily a bad number because most of them opted to settle or comply which is better because you don’t have to go through the rigidity of court proceedings,” SSS official said.
Delinquent employers, Cuisia said, were given 15 days to comply with the law or face sanction as mandated in Republic Act 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018.
Business owners may avail of the on-going SSS Contribution Penalty Condonation Program until September 1 without paying the accrued penalties.