SSS serves show cause orders to 11 delinquent employers in Dumaguete

By Jennifer C. Tilos

 

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SSS Acting Vice President for Operations Legal Services Division Renato Jacinto Cuisia leads the RACE team in serving the show cause orders and confronts delinquent employers to comply their obligations.

 

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.

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Youth urged to be proactive in protecting the environment

By Roi Lomotan

 

 

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Environment advocates encourage Dumaguete youth to be proactive in protecting the environment during the Geoskwela event held on June 24, 2019 at Luce Auditorium, Silliman University (SU). Seated (l-r) are: SU Foreign Affairs Student and Project Balod Co-Founder Rhyn Esolana, SU Professor and DOST “Balik Scientist” Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, Energy Development Corporation SILRO Head Miguel Lorenzo De Vera, and Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell. (PIA7-NegOr)

 

“The lesser you use your trash whether it’s one plastic bag (or) one sachet, you lessen the 60 billion sachets. You lessen the 16 billion plastic bags and that makes a big impact.”

This how Miss Earth 2014 Jamie Herrell encouraged young people in this city to protect the environment during her presentation at the recently held Geoskwela event at the Luce Auditorium, Silliman University (SU).

The Filipino-American beauty queen was referring to a report from environmental group GAIA which noted that there are 60 billion plastic sachets and 16.5 billion transparent plastic bags or commonly known as plastic labo used and disposed in the Philippines annually.

“You have to remember it’s a ripple effect. When you started everyone else will follow. Never think that you are student and you cannot be taken seriously – No! Because the children, the students are not only the people of tomorrow but they are also the people of today. Everything you do right now can make an impact to the world,” Herrell advised the Dumaguete youths.

Hundreds of students from Silliman University and other academic institutions attended the activity.

Joining Herrell in tackling the relevant issues concerning the environment during the Geoskwela are SU student and co-founder of student – lead Project Balod marine conservation workshop Rhyn Escolana, SU Professor and “Balik Scientist” of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Dr. Jorge Emmanuel, and Energy Development Corporation (EDC) Strategic Initiatives, Legal and Regulatory Office (SILRO) Head Miguel Lorenzo De Vera.

The Miss Earth title-holder also discussed her personal advocacy: “Think Twice” Campaign which teaches the public to think twice and find alternative ways of protecting the environment even through practical means of disposing of trash properly and in conserving energy and water resources.

She also urged the youth to be proactive and not reactive in terms of protecting the environment particularly in addressing the garbage and plastic problem of the country.

In a similar note, student leader Rhyn Esolana also encouraged young people to be re-thinkers in using plastics.

“I want you to be re-thinkers. Re-think if you want to use plastic. When you go to a store, do you really need to put that ballpen, put that notebook inside a plastic when you can put it in your back or you can just walk away with it?” Esolana said.

Esolana also gave a talk on his advocacy in protecting the seas noting his concern on the going trend of increased plastic production and decreased fish production in the country which could result to more plastics than fishes in the ocean in the year 2050.

The student leader emphasized that it is important to take care of the environment, especially the seas, to ensure food security, livelihood, and human health.

“We all have to think about the now. We have to take care of ourselves. Save ourselves. Love the environment. If we look after the sea, it will look back after us,” Esolana said.

Esolana also told his fellow youths to participate in local movements that advocate for environmental protection.

In relation also to the threats posed by plastic pollution in the marine life, Dr. Jorge Emmanuel shared that micro-plastics are now seen in seafood.

Dr. Emmanuel explained that micro-plastics come from the large pieces of plastics that people throw away in the ocean which eventually broke down to tiny pieces which can be consumed by marine animals unintentionally. These will remain plastics until 100 years.

Dr. Emmanuel disclosed Negros Oriental State University (NORSU) made a study on the seafood caught in southern Negros which showed that a large percentage of seafood have micro-plastics.

He also noted that micro-plastics have the capability to attract toxic chemicals.

“Just like the loss of biodiversity, the massive amount of plastic wastes, wastes in general, and the chemical contaminants also spread on our earth is also an existential threat to us,” Dr. Emmanuel told his audience.

Apart from discussing the potential threat of plastic wastes to humans, Dr. Emmanuel also talked about the existential threat of climate change.

Dr. Emmanuel also highlighted the need to go to renewable energy to bring down the level of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions in the country.

EDC’s SILRO Head Miguel De Vera agreed to this saying “The best we can do now is to transition to renewable energy slowly and adopt low carbon technology practices as they become available.”

De Vera also imparted some information on the benefits of utilizing renewable energy resources like geothermal energy which he described as a clean and stable energy source.

Moreover, he also shared the company’s commitment to preserving the forest covers as part of its thrusts on environmental sustainability.

Geoskwela is an initiative of the renewable firm Energy Development Corporation (EDC) which aims to bring the young people closer to experts, academicians, and inspirational figures who share the advocacy of environmental sustainability and utilization of clean energy.

“With initiatives such as Geoskwela, sustainability and environmental advocacy are more effectively entrenched in the grassroots level of academic communities and student bodies – ensuring that a greener and more stable energy future is a brighter prospect today more than ever,” said Norreen Bautista, head of EDC’s Corporate Social Responsibility Group in Negros Island.

Nutri Month 2019 kicks off in NegOr

By Leandria Pagunsan

 

The observance of 2019 Nutrition Month in Negros Oriental kicked off on July 1, 2019, at the Lamberto Macias Sports Complex with a flag raising ceremony, Zumba dance fitness, and taking of body mass index.

Initiated by the Provincial Nutrition Committee (PNC) through the leadership of Nutrition Action Officer and Negros Oriental Assistant Provincial Health Officer Dr. Liland Zoila Estacion, the activity was participated in by provincial government employees and some national government agencies personnel.

In her speech during the activity, Estacion revealed that according to the National Nutrition Council (NNC), sitting most of the time or having a sedentary life is also equivalent to smoking.

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Employees of the Provincial Government of Negros Oriental enjoy the healthy dancing session during the kick-off activity of National Nutrition Month (PIA7-NegOr)

 

Estacion explained that living a sedentary life is prone to acquiring various chronic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes, hence, it is necessary to exercise daily to achieve a healthy body.

Provincial Administrator, Dr. Henry Sojor, as the keynote speaker in behalf of the governor, shared some facts and practical ways of living a healthy lifestyle: get some sunlight, have enough sleep and exercise, maintain a healthy diet, and achieve a positive attitude in life.

“If we practice those healthy ways of living, we will have less problem in life,” said Sojor.

He also pointed out the importance of having a healthy mind especially for people who reached the age of 60 and above (senior citizens) and reading at least two 2 newspapers daily will help keep the mind active.

In his parting statement, he said: “every day should be nutrition day because if we only practice proper nutrition during the month of July, our lives will not improve.”