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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

24 employers jailed, 7,000 others sued for non-remittance of employees’ SSS contributions

By Felipo David G. Malcampo

ZAMBOANGA CITY – Twenty-four employers who were found guilty of refusing to remit the monthly social security contributions of their employees were sent to jail and cases have also been filed against some 7,000 erring employers by the Social Security System (SSS).

In a press release, SSS chief legal counsel and senior vice president of legal services division Atty. Voltaire Agas said that SSS has charged 7,072 employees beginning in 2010.

“The 24 employers convicted by the court were ordered to serve jail terms of up to 12 years,” Agas said. He emphasized that these convictions and SSS’ legal actions should be a reminder to erring employers.

“As much as they have a business to operate, they also have the obligation to fulfill their duties under the Social Security Law, he added.

According to the SSS, the legal actions were able to generate about P1.6-billion in unpaid contributions, penalties and fines, which were collected from the employers that entered into out-of-court settlements.

Under the SSS charter, employers must report new employees for contribution within 30 days of their hiring.

In the case an employer is found to be delinquent in its obligations, employees are encouraged to report such incidents at the nearest SSS branch. Agas said that the complaints should be accompanied by proofs of employment such as a company ID and the payslips.

The SSS is inviting all of its members to register for an online account at, where they can view their contributions and other membership details anytime.