The SSS said that it has resumed its campaign against contribution evaders in Metro Manila.
SSS — The Social Security System said that it has resumed its campaign against contribution evaders in the National Capital Region (NCR).
On Saturday, SSS president and CEO Michael Regino said in a statement that the Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) operations have resumed in Metro Manila starting April 1, 2022.
Subjected to the first operations in the National Capital Region were 10 non-compliant employers in Manila with combined contribution delinquencies estimated to be about PHP 26.26 million composed of PHP 9.12 million past-due contributions and PHP 17.14 million penalties, affecting around 95 SSS members.
“These employers were found to be delinquent in the payment of contributions even prior to the pandemic. As a general rule, we have given them 15 calendar days from the date of the SSS’ visit to settle their obligations,” Regino said.
GMA News Online reported that the RACE operations aim to exact the continuous compliance of delinquent employers with their statutory obligations under the Social Security Act of 2018 (Republic Act No. 11199), to ensure the social security coverage of members, and to enhance SSS’ collection efficiency.
Regino said that they’re giving non-compliant employers the option to settle their delinquencies via their Pandemic Relief and Restructuring Programs (PRRPs), which provide more flexible and amicable payment terms.
“We urge delinquent employers to voluntarily fulfill their obligations under the Social Security Law,” Regino said. “They should be our partners in providing meaningful social security protection to our private-sector workers.”
Under the Social Security Act of 2018, an employer who refuses or fails to register their employees, deduct contributions from them, and/or fails to remit the same, including the employer’s share to the state-run pension fund, will be penalized by a fine of PHP 5,000 to PHP 20,000, and/or be imprisoned for 6 years and 1 day to 12 years, at the discretion of the court.
The state-run pension fund said that it has conducted 15 RACE operations in different areas nationwide this year so far.
Also, the state-run pension fund is planning to carry out more RACE operations in the coming days and months as it aims to conduct at least 3 operations for each of its branch operations divisions.