TACLOBAN CITY – The Social Security System (SSS) here has issued notices to five delinquent establishments as it conducted its second leg of the "Run After Contribution Evaders" (RACE) campaign on Monday.

Mario Corro, SSS vice president for Visayas Central 2 Division, said in an interview the notices sent to employers seek to raise awareness on the obligation of employers to pay contributions for their workers.

“Most of the non-compliant establishments are small businesses with five or less employees. Since they are small, they presumed they’re not part of the social security coverage,” Corro told reporters.

The SSS-Tacloban is set to visit more establishments outside the city as a way of helping employers and employees.

“Even if we already issued a show-cause order, our strategy is persuasive since we understand their situation this pandemic. We just must see their intention to fulfill their obligations,” Corro added.

The campaign in Tacloban is part of a series of RACE operations nationwide, which aims to exact the continuous compliance of delinquent employers with their statutory obligations under Republic Act No. 11199 or the Social Security Act of 2018, ensure the social security coverage of members, and enhance SSS’ collection efficiency.

Under the law, an employer who fails or refuses to register their employees, deduct contributions from them, and/or fails to remit the same, including the employer's share to the SSS, will be penalized by a fine of PHP5,000 to PHP20,000, and/or be imprisoned for six years and one day to 12 years, at the discretion of the court.

Employers are mandated by the Social Security Act to deduct from the salaries/wages of employees their share in the monthly contribution, pay their own share of contributions including Employee’s Compensation, and remit these regularly.

All employers must register with the SSS and report their employees for coverage. (PNA)