THE chair of the House committee on labor and employment on Sunday urged employers who have failed to remit their employees’ social security contributions to fulfill their obligations.
“Hinihimok natin ang mga employer na huwag talikuran ang kanilang responsibilidad. Bayaran po natin ang mga premium ng mga empleyado natin,” Rizal 4th District Rep. Fidel Nograles said.
The Commission on Audit (CoA) last month revealed that 466,881 employers from all over the country failed to remit over P92.49 billion worth of premium collections to the Social Security System (SSS) last year.
According to CoA’s audit report, the SSS was only able to collect P2.48 billion, or less than three percent, of the P94.97-billion target as of the end of 2022.
The CoA added that the National Capital Region posted the lowest collection percentage at P383.78 million out of the target of P64.67 billion (0.59 percent), followed by the rest of Luzon at P747.59 million out of P22.33 billion (3.35 percent).
The Visayas’s collection percentage was at P305.54 million out of P6.48 billion (4.72 percent), and Mindanao at P405.8 million out of P7.33 billion (7.42 percent).
Nograles emphasized that the uncollected premiums are crucial in ensuring the SSS’ ability to uphold its duty of providing social security protection.
“Nakasalalay po sa mga koleksyong ito ang kakayahan na patuloy na ibigay sa mga miyembro ang mga claims at benefits na karapatan nilang matanggap,” said the lawmaker.
He added that employers may take advantage of the contribution penalty condonation programs that the SSS offers so their penalties may be waived.
“Huwag na po natin hintayin na masampahan tayo ng kaso dahil sa hindi natin pagbayad,” Nograles also said.