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SSS runs after delinquent employers in Dagupan City

DAGUPAN CITY — The Social Security System (SSS) conducted its second provincial leg of its intensified collection campaign against delinquent employers here on May 4.
Under its Run After Contribution Evaders (RACE) Campaign, SSS posted Show Cause Orders to delinquent employers in Dagupan City reminding them of their responsibilities under the Social Security Act of 1997.
SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emmanuel F. Dooc said that the six delinquent employers are guilty of non-remittance of SSS contributions of their employees and non-registration for SSS coverage.
“These two are the most common violations of employers under the SS Law. Despite continuous reminder of their responsibilities, there are still employers who willfully and deliberately evade their obligations under the law,” said Dooc.
Dooc and other SSS officials posted Show Cause Orders to six delinquent employers located in Perez Blvd., Rizal St., AB Fernandez in Dagupan City and Poblacion, Calasiao in Pangasinan.
Among those employers which received Show Cause Orders were V Medina/Venacios Leather with P351,420.70 delinquency, RMR Beauty, Wellness with P208, 254.90 delinquency and Greenmont Systems International with P93,781.80.
Rachel Santos/R&T Gen Mdse, Adriano’s Restaurant with P28, 456.80 delinquency & Bar and Alberto Galvan Ilumin/HYD Trading with P17, 672.03 delinquency were served with Coverage Letter requiring them to register their business with SSS and to report their employees.
Further, Hanie Jane O. Dominisac was served a Final Demand Letter requiring her to register with SSS and to pay her delinquency amounting to P55,486.53.
“It’s unfortunate that instead of being our partners in providing social security protection, some of these employers end up being our nemesis because they fail to comply with their statutory obligations,” said Dooc.
Early this week, Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto urged SSS to impose stricter penalties against delinquent employers for the protection of its members and to provide amnesty period to clean their records.
“We acknowledge Senator Sotto’s inputs on how to address the employer delinquency issues of SSS. We understand that like SSS, he also wants to protect the interest of our members,” said Dooc.
Dooc emphasized that should employers have difficulty paying their delinquencies, they can always approach the SSS branch which has jurisdiction over them for assistance.
“RACE is a campaign designed to instill awareness of employer obligation, exact employer compliance and to facilitate apprehension and filling of cases against non-compliant and delinquent employers in violation of the SS Law,” said Dooc.


May 8, 2018 at 3:20 pm Leave a comment

ORTIGOZA: Kap lost poll despite P1M for vote buying

Barangay Nabayaran is one of the huge villages in Northern Luzon. The Punong Barangay Philip Dipaawat  during his term in 2010 to 2013 received a monthly pay of P24,000 while his seven council members and the ex-officio Sangguniang Kabataan Chairman got P8,000.00 each.


“Pinaka malaki na iyan na pasueldo sa barangay officials kahit thankless jobs ang designacion namin”.

 He stressed that even during the wee hours, indigents still knocked on his door to ask for financial assistance.

“Even media men dropped by at my office. They were happy because every time they left, my secretary saw to it that they received P300 bills in an envelope”.

He asked that reporters could drop by at the makeshift restaurant near the barangay hall and nourish themselves with a free meal before they go to his office.

“Pagkain na, may sobre pa, may inum pa!” he quipped. 

During that time,  the average customary dole out of a congressman, city mayor, and other first class town mayor to media man was P2000, P1000, and P500,  every time he or she visited the offices of these public servants.

The P300 was quite hefty since it came from a barangay chairman whose illegal number game jueteng’s payola was minuscule compared to those received by the governor, board members, mayor, vice mayor, police provincial, city, and municipal chiefs that ran to hundreds of thousands if not countless of millions of pesos a month. (more…)

May 8, 2018 at 3:16 pm Leave a comment

Q and A: We have our defense ready – Imee Marcos

Ilocos Norte Governor Maria Imelda Josefa “Imee” Romualdez Marcos is ubiquitous nowadays as she stumps all over the country.  Recently, she graced the Parade and Street Dancing Contest of Sual in Pangasinan to celebrate the coastal town’s fiesta held at the Municipal Seaport.


GRILLING BANGUS. Ilocos Norte Gov.Imee Marcos and Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque grill bangus and oysters as they join during the Kalutan ed Dalan late afternoon last April 30 as part of the city’s Bangus Festival. At left is City Mayor Belen Fernandez.CESAR RAMIREZ

Northern Watch asked her the probable plunder case the government will file against her and her staff at the provincial government of Ilocos Norte after the Committee on Good Government and Public Accountability of the House of Representatives accused her and others for violating the law on the tobacco excise tax’s shares as stated on Republic Act No. 7171, the government procurement’s reform act as seen on RA 9184 , Commission on Audit Memorandum Circular 97-002 , and others. (more…)

May 8, 2018 at 3:11 pm Leave a comment

CORTEZ: High prices, jobs lost

Tuloy tuloy ang mabilis na pagtaas ng presyo ng lahat ng nabibili.

 Tuloy tuloy din ang pagtaas ng dami ng nawawalan ng work.

 INCREASE IN PRICES. Tumaas ng 20 percent ang  alcoholic beverages at tobacco; tumaas ng 2.2 percent ang clothing and footwear.


 Tumaas ng 3 percent ang  housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuel; tumaas ng 2.8 percent ang furnishing, household equipment and routine maintenance of the house.

 Tumaas ng 2.8 percent ang health; tumaas ng 4.9 percent ang transport; tumaas ng 1.5 percent ang recreation and culture; at tumaas ng 3.4 percent ang  restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services. (more…)

May 8, 2018 at 2:56 pm Leave a comment

NFA Lingayen warehouse is empty

By Yolanda Sotelo

DAGUPAN CITY – There is not  a single bag of rice stored at  the warehouse of  National Food Authority western Pangasinan office, but the agency cannot buy palay from local farmers because of its low buying price, an official of the agency said.

Lita Catabay,  NFA’s senior enforcement and investigation officer, said the agency buys palay at P17 a kilo,  way below the commercial traders’ buying price of P22-P25 each kilo.

Instead, the warehouses are waiting for imported rice which the agency is negotiating for, she said.

 Catabay said even the stocks meant for feeding programs for schoolchildren and emergency stocks for calamities have ran out.

But she said there was not need to worry because commercial (total of 271,594 bags) and household ( 709,778 bags) stocks can still last up to 75 days.

NFA western Pangasinan caters to 22 towns and three cities.

She said before the stocks run out, the agency wrote the local government units and government agencies to acquire stocks for their feeding programs. The last LGU to buy rice from the agency was Dagupan City.

But the agency cannot provide for needs of LGUs if calamity strikes.

“Let us us just pray that no calamity will come,”she said.

Because there is no NFA rice in the markets, consumers may avail of commercial but low-priced rice from outlets of Bigas Tulong sa Bayan, she said. The rice is sold at P39 each kilo.

 There are only eight outlets of the Bigas Tulong sa Bayan, but the NFA is working for establishment of more outlets, she said.


May 8, 2018 at 7:22 am Leave a comment

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