LA TRINIDAD, Benguet – The Social Security System (SSS) urged all business employers to fulfill their legal obligations under Republic Act 11199, otherwise known as the Social Security Act of 2018, during the conduct of Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) Campaign.
Six employers received written orders from SSS directing them to settle their delinquencies worth P700,00.00. These employers consist of consultancy offices, retail stores, review centers and food establishments.
“These employers failed to remit to SSS the contributions of their 23 employees. Hence, they must settle the accumulated contribution delinquencies to maintain their workers’ active SSS membership and ensure their eligibility to Social Security (SS) and Employees Compensation (EC) benefits,” said SSS La Trinidad Branch Head Dominador Malatag.
Qualified SSS members may receive seven SS benefits such as Sickness, Maternity, Disability, Unemployment, Retirement, Death, and Funeral. They can also avail of various SSS loan programs like Salary Loan, Calamity Loan, Educational Loan, Housing Loan and Pension Loan. On top of the SS benefits and loan privileges, employed members are also entitled to receive EC benefits for work-related sickness, injury, or death.
To assist employers with the delinquency settlement, SSS offers a contribution penalty condonation program with flexible payment terms-either one-time payment or installment ranging from 12 to 48 months, depending on the delinquency amount.
“Under this program, employers will pay a lesser amount since the accumulated penalty will be waived after settling the contribution delinquency,” Malatag added.
SSS Vice President for Luzon North 1 Division Ceasar P. Saludo reminded employers to obey their obligations to avoid penalties or legal sanctions set under the Social Security Law.
“Aside from non-remittance of SSS contributions, employers are also mandated to register their business with SSS, and produce updated employment records such as payroll, contribution, and loan collection lists. We recognize our employers as partners in providing social security protection to their workers. However, it is also the prime duty of the SSS to protect the interests of their workers by ensuring their full compliance to the law and provide workers with benefits in times of contingencies,” Saludo concluded.