SSS goes after contribution evaders in Cam Sur

Photo by Oscar Esmenda/Bicol Standard

NAGA CITY (Bicol Standard) – Ten business establishments in Naga City and two in Pili, Camarines Sur were inspected by Social Security System Senior Vice President Voltaire Agas and his team in connection with its Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) program.

RACE is the agency’s campaign to raise awareness on contributions.

The SSS group said they received reports that these establishments were not complying with RA 8282 or Social Security Law of 1997, SSS Naga Branch Head Virgilio A. Santiago said.

The same team posted a copy of the Show Cause order on the store premises, which directs the employers to Show Cause, within a non-extendable period of 15 days from posting why no legal action/s shall be taken against the responsible officers for non-compliance with the law.

Failure to comply with the Order shall subject the violator to criminal prosecution, and upon conviction, a penalty of up to 12 years imprisonment without the benefit of probation.

“We are doing this primarily for the protection of the workers, and also as a reminder to the employers to comply with their legal obligations,” Santiago added.

Following the RACE program, the SSS group met with various stakeholders explaining the importance of complying with the law on SSS contributions.