SSS col­lects over P200-K from RACE cam­paign in Batan­gas

Sun.Star Pampanga - - NATION! -

LIPA CITY, Batan­gas— A month af­ter the con­duct of the Run Af­ter Con­tri­bu­tion Evaders (RACE) Cam­paign in a shop­ping mall here, the So­cial Se­cu­rity Sys­tem (SSS) col­lected more than P200,000 from six delin­quent em­ploy­ers that have been is­sued with a Show Cause Or­der.

SSS Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Em­manuel F. Dooc said that the SSS is happy with the pos­i­tive re­sults of the RACE Cam­paign in Lipa and hopes that em­ployer com­pli­ance will in­crease more in the com­ing months.

“We would like to thank the em­ploy­ers who im­me­di­ately re­sponded to our warn­ing. They reg­is­tered their busi­nesses and em­ploy­ees with SSS and paid their delin­quen­cies as well. We hope that this will be the start of our good part­ner­ship in pro­vid­ing so­cial se­cu­rity pro­tec­tion to our mem­bers,” said Dooc.

As of this writ­ing, six out of 11 em­ploy­ers have al­ready re­sponded to the Show Cause Or­ders posted by the RACE Team on their premises dur­ing a map­ping oper­a­tion last March 9.

Jo­han Marlo Food En­ter­prise and Red­berry Trad­ing have set­tled their to­tal delin­quency, with a com­bined amount of over P158,000, while Dian­dra Denise Bou­tique opted for an in­stall­ment scheme and made a par­tial pay­ment of P19,707.

Mean­while, Charles and Patty Food Prod­ucts, Mari­tonee’s Snack House, and Swiss Sushi Food Cor­ner have reg­is­tered with the SSS and set­tled their prin­ci­pal delin­quency and ac­cu­mu­lated penalty amount­ing to al­most P26,500.

“We en­cour­age our em­ploy­ers to con­tinue their good prac­tices by faith­fully com­ply­ing with their statu­tory obli­ga­tions in or­der for us to pro­vide the so­cial se­cu­rity ben­e­fits that our work­ers de­serve,” said Dooc.

On the other hand, five delin­quent em­ploy­ers namely; TV Llanes Lotto Out­let, Buen­vi­aje Ana Vir­ginia Marie Ro­driguez, Four Coolitz En­ter­prises, Chriki Col­leczione Cor­po­ra­tion and Elisse Fash­ion Cor­po­ra­tion failed to co­or­di­nate with SSS Lipa branch to set­tle their pend­ing obli­ga­tions de­spite the is­suance of Show Cause Or­ders last month.

Dooc said that le­gal ac­tions will be taken against these em­ploy­ers who failed to re­ply to the Show Cause Or­ders within the non-ex­tendible pe­riod of 15 days.

“For­mal de­mand let­ters were al­ready de­liv­ered to the em­ploy­ers that ig­nored the Show Cause Or­der. How­ever, our mem­bers need not worry be­cause SSS will con­stantly mon­i­tor these em­ploy­ers un­til they com­ply with their obli­ga­tions,” said Dooc.

Un­der the So­cial Se­cu­rity Act of 1997, em­ploy­ers proven guilty of vi­o­lat­ing the law shall be pe­nal­ized to a max­i­mum jail term of 12 years and will be re­quired by the Court to set­tle their to­tal delin­quen­cies and ac­cu­mu­lated penal­ties. ‘There is no ex­cuse for it’ Ro­bredo takes ‘full re­spon­si­bil­ity,’ apol­o­gizes for Holo­caust memo­rial photo

Vice Pres­i­dent Leni Ro­bredo on Tues­day said she is tak­ing “full re­spon­si­bil­ity” for the con­tro­ver­sial photo of her and sev­eral pub­lic of­fi­cials at the Memo­rial to the Mur­dered Jews of Eu­rope.

In a chance in­ter­view at the Asian Fo­rum on En­ter­prise for So­ci­ety in Pasay City, Ro­bredo is­sued an apol­ogy “for of­fend­ing the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of oth­ers.”

“While there was no mal­ice in it, I take full re­spon­si­bil­ity, kaya I would like to apol­o­gize for what­ever of­fense to the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of the peo­ple it caused,” she said.

The Vice Pres­i­dent, chair­per­son of the Lib­eral Party, said she is tak­ing “full re­spon­si­bil­ity” for the photo, taken when she and some of her par­ty­mates went on a study tour for poverty al­le­vi­a­tion in Ber­lin, Ger­many last week.

The Vice Pres­i­dent and some mem­bers of the LP joined the said study tour, fully funded by the Friedrich Nau­mann Foun­da­tion (FNF)-Philip­pines, where they en­gaged in dis­cus­sions on var­i­ous as­pects of gov­er­nance, aimed at find­ing so­lu­tions geared to­wards poverty elim­i­na­tion and so­cial jus­tice.

The FNF pe­ri­od­i­cally hosts study vis­its for lead­ers in de­vel­op­ing coun­tries to give them the op­por­tu­nity to di­a­logue with of­fi­cials, and key fig­ures from other coun­tries such as Ger­many.---Of­fice of the Vice-Pres­i­dent

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