SSS revises contribution payments deadline

By PIA-NegOr

In response to the widespread request from employers and individual members, the Social Security System (SSS) said it revised the payment deadlines for the payment of contributions for the applicable months starting January to June 2018.

Under Resolution No. 361-s.2018, the Social Security Commission revised the payment deadlines.  For employers, the existing deadline of 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th and month-end following the applicable month depending on the 10th digit of the 13-digit Employer No. has been moved to month-end following the applicable month.

In press release, SSS cited an example that if an employer’s deadline for the payment of contributions for the applicable month of March 2018 is April 10, 2018, such contributions can still be paid until April 30, 2018 without penalties.

Similarly, self-employed and voluntary members can pay up to the month-end following the applicable month or quarter of contribution payment regardless of the last digit of the individual member’s SS Number.

For example, if individual members failed to pay either their March 2018 or January to March 2018 contributions on their respective deadlines, they can still pay these contributions until April 30, 2018.

The revised payment schedule was implemented in view of the system infrastructure adjustments brought about by the Real-Time Posting of Contributions (RTPC) program.

Any penalties paid by employers based on the existing payment deadlines covering the applicable months of January to June 2018 shall be refunded.

As of end-December 2017, SSS has more than 960,000 registered employers and some combined 8.63 million registered voluntary and self-employed members.


Silliman University announces fellows for 2018 National Writers Workshop

By Roi Lomotan

Silliman University (SU) announced the names of 10 individuals accepted as fellows for the 57th Silliman University National Writers Workshop this year.

The ten fellows are Romalyn Ante of Lipa City, Batangas and Catherine Cando of Quezon City for English for Poetry in English; Wilfreda Cabusas of Talisay City, Cebu and Herminigildo Sanchez of Catbalogan City, Samar for Poetry in Bisaya (Balak); Sigrid Gayangos of Zamboanga City, Zamboanga and Reil Benedict Obinque of Kiblawan, Davao del Sur for Short Fiction; Jade Baylon of Digos City, Davao del Sur, Rhounee Ron Kevin Frany of Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija, and Joel Donato Ching Jacob of Manila for creative non-fiction; and Manuel Tinio of Mandaluyong City for One-Act Drama.

SU – Office of Information and Publications Director Mark Garcia said this year, the workshop accepted manuscripts for Balak with corresponding English translation which will enrich workshop discussion regarding the craft of poetry rendered in different languages and the cultural nuances that underpin such expression.

The workshop will be held from May 7 to 18 at the Rose Lamb Sobrepeña Writers Village in Camp Look-out, Valencia, Negros Oriental and at the SU Campus.

The Silliman University National Writers Workshop is the oldest creative writing workshop in Asia founded in 1962 by S.E.A. Write Awardee Edilberto K. Tiempo and National Artist Edith L. Tiempo.

Garcia added that the workshop continues the legacy of the Tiempos in giving value to literature and creative writing in the country.

The workshop is conducted in partnership with the National Commission for the Culture and the Arts (NCCA).

INFOGRAPHIC: Fire Prevention and Safety Tips

By PIA Negros Oriental


March is Fire Prevention Month. This year, the theme of this annual monthly observance highlights the importance of educating the people on the causes of fire and how they can prevent it.

This year, the theme “Ligtas na Pilipinas, ating hangad, Pag-iingat sa Sunog ay sa Sarili Ipatupad” underscores the current administration’s goal to provide a safe and secure community for Filipinos to live in. Moreover, with this theme, the government is stressing the importance of community disaster preparedness.

PIA fire safety

In this light , here are some fire prevention tips to keep your homes and offices safe.



On the other hand, here are some emergency tips to follow in case a fire incident occurs.


Fire Safety Tips

As the entire nation celebrates Fire Prevention Month, we at PIA, invite the public to join in this advocacy and practice fire safety to help keep a secure community for everyone.