The Social Security System (SSS) has issued notices of violation to 12 employers in Iloilo City and Pavia town in Iloilo province for non-compliance with the mandatory provisions of Republic Act No. 11199 or the Social Security Act.

During its Run After Contributions Evaders (RACE) operation on Feb. 19, the agency revealed that the identified businesses, mainly from the food, hotel, and travel industries, have an estimated delinqency obligations of about P5.4 million.

“We have about P5.4 million to collect for 12 establishments. The account is a running balances, It goes on, it increases every month, so, kung ma settle earlier, the lesser will be the deliquencies. Kung hindi pa gid mabayaran, the next month, different figures will be assessed kay ang contributions will be based monthly, so pag may delays, may penalty kita. If you pay on time, there will be no penalties,” SSS Visayas West 2 Division vice president Atty. Bernardo B. Dofitas said in an interview.

Dofitas added that these establishments were covered and monitored by the Iloilo Central and Molo branches, noting that the operation already moved away from confrontational methods and adopted the “community-based and diplomatic strategies.”

The delinquent employers were given 15 days to coordinate with their respective servicing SSS branch

office and settle their contribution delinquencies as additional actions will be pursued once they failed to comply.

“We will also impart to them nga ang SSS subong nagahatag sa ila chance to pay their delinquency obligations kay may program naman kita for installments. Kadamo man na naga-avail. We will explain to them nga obligado gid kamo under the law and kadto lang kamo SSS kay open kami for installment payments, may option kami for restructuring,” Dofitas stressed.

Meanwhile, the SSS pointed out that the operation signifies its commitment to ensuring the social security protection of its members, fulfilling the agency’s obligation to uphold the rights of all private employees.

The agency added that the RACE operations intend not to threaten employers, but to remind them of their obligations to remit the employees’ contribution on time and provide them with options in settling their delinquencies. AAL/JNH/PIA Iloilo.