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Workers reminded
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Employees of the Social Security System have been reminded by their president and chief executive officer Emilio de Quiros Jr. to check if employers regularly remit their payments to avoid problems in availing of benefits and loans, an SSS press release said.

De Quiros said employed members must keep their pay slips, company ID and other proofs of employment, which serve as evidence against employers who neglect to report them for SSS coverage or fail to remit their monthly payments.

Members can check their payments through the SSS website (www.sss.gov.ph), the TextSSS facility, SSS information kiosks and SSS hotlines 917-7777 or 920-6446 to 55, the press release said.

Recently, a school owner was sentenced to a maximum of 15 years in prison for failure to remit SSS contributions deducted from employees’ monthly salaries for three and a half years, court records showed.

Quezon City Regional Trial Court judge Fernando Sagun Jr. ordered Venancio Bagtas, owner of St. Louis de Montfort School in Caloocan City, to also pay a total of P751,240 in overdue premiums, including penalties, from July 1998 to December 2001.

"Accused Venancio Bagtas did not present any evidence or witnesses in his defense. The evidence for the prosecution becomes undisputed," Sagun said in a nine-page decision dated January 26.

The pension fund presented billing and demand letters that the school repeatedly ignored, prompting the SSS to file criminal charges against Bagtas for violations of the Social Security Law.

The SSS also presented sworn statements of five SLMS employees about their unremitted contributions. Employers are required to remit contributions on or before the tenth day after the applicable month and late payments are charged a three percent monthly penalty, the press release said.*



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