SSS collects over P200-K from RACE campaign in Batangas
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