SSS vows to protect workers’ right to social security

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The Luzon Central 2 Division of the Social Security System (SSS) is expected to collect P14.57 million worth of unremitted contribution and penalties from 80 erring employers in the provinces of Bulacan, Zambales and Pampanga during the simultaneous Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) Campaign on April 30, 2024, the eve of Labor Day in Central Luzon.

SSS Vice President for Luzon Central 2 Division Gloria Corazon M. Andrada said 63 of the employers failed to remit the SSS and Employees’ Compensation (EC) contributions of their employees while 17 of them failed to register their businesses with the SSS.

“Our President and Chief Executive Officer Rolando Ledesma Macasaet acknowledged the effectiveness of the RACE campaign in reminding employers of their obligation to remit their workers’ contributions. As a result, this year, we are beefing up the number of RACE operations per branch by sixfold, wherein each branch will conduct 12 RACE operations in 2024,” Andrada added.

Andrada said that the SSS recognized the significant contribution of employees to the success of every company and assured its members that SSS would compel these delinquent employers to fulfill their duties for continued social security coverage of workers.

She added that employers who received the written notices have 15 days to coordinate with their respective servicing SSS branch offices to settle their delinquencies or face legal action.

“Employers who fail to register their employees or have not deducted and remitted their contributions to SSS will be penalized with a fine of P5,000 to P20,000 and face imprisonment ranging from six years and one day to 12 years,” Andrada said.

Likewise, she explained delinquent employers will also have to pay the past-due contributions of their workers and its corresponding penalties.

Andrada appealed to employers to religiously remit the contributions of their employees so their workers will not be deprived of the SSS benefits when they need it the most. 

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