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SSS rolls out RACE operations in Central Luzon

TARLAC CITY, Tarlac (April 28, 2023) — The Social Security System (SSS) launched its RACE campaign in Central Luzon today to issue written orders to delinquent employers for not registering and remitting their employees’ contributions to the social insurance program.

“The Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) is an SSS program launched simultaneously nationwide today as our contribution to Filipino Workers as part of the Labor Day celebration,” Vice President Vilma Agapito of the SSS Luzon Central 1 Division said.

The Division Vice President also said that in the RACE campaign of the agency, they remind employers that they have 15 days to comply with their delinquency.

“We remind erring employers to see us in our office and avail of our Contribution Condonation Program,” Agapito said.

Currently, SSS offers two programs for delinquent business and household employers – Contribution Penalty Condonation, Delinquency Management, and Restructuring Program, which covers all single proprietorships, corporations, partnerships, cooperatives, and associations, and Contribution Penalty Condonation and Restructuring Program for household employers.

A total of 108 areas were visited by SSS Accounts Officers today, including Luzon Central 1 branches in Alaminos, Lingayen, Tarlac, Camiling, Cabanatuan, Balanga, Iba, and Baler.

SSS Tarlac said they visited 10 employers today, but only eight were served with the written order.

“We could only serve eight orders out of the 10 today because their place of business is closed, maybe because of the city-wide brownout. But rest assured that we will return on Tuesday to serve the remaining two,” SSS Tarlac Branch Head Maria Maxima Macaraeg said.

SSS Tarlac said they expect to collect around P2.7 million in contributions from delinquent employers in Tarlac City alone.

In Luzon Central 1, there are 75 delinquent employers served with the written order involving 661 employees and P9.3 million in collectible contributions.

Tarlac Branch Atty. Servillano Santillan Jr reiterated that continued non-compliance with the SSS program, even after receiving a notice, will result in a criminal action that may involve jail time, a fine, or both.

The RACE campaign of the SSS was first launched in 2017, but this was suspended in 2020 and 2021 because of the pandemic.

“We plan to have RACE campaigns two or three more times this year to execute the directive of our (SSS) President and Chief Executive Officer Rolando Macasaet to provide better social services to workers and pensioners,” Agapito ended.

Ronald Dizon
Ronald Dizon
Ronald was correspondent for several Philippine dailies and weeklies a score of years ago and was editor of a South Pacific paper. He still writes for this online news service and several local weeklies. If he's not busy, you might catch him online on cnc.net playing that godawful old game. "Aaaa kakakaka!!!!!"
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