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HILONGOS, Leyte (PIA) -- At least five (5) traders in this part of Leyte province received unexpected visitors carrying written orders for them to pay past due monthly premium payments for their business and workers to the Social Security System (SSS) branch in neighboring Maasin City.

Operation Run After Contributions Evaders (RACE) descended to this municipality Tuesday, July 26, and singled out five (5) establishments in a random sampling from a field of about more than 20 delinquent employers.

The operating RACE team, led by Mario Corro, SSS vice president for Visayas Central 2 Division, together with Gregorio Baroza, SSS-Maasin branch manager, and some accounts personnel, approached a beverage distributor, machine shop, furniture maker, and two (2) hardware outlets, the five targets.

Reactions ranged from a denial that it was the fault of the bookkeeper, the owner was out, to a more legitimate reason on an eye operation, but the common reaction as the dust settled was an effort to clear the mess, and a resolve to always be compliant henceforth.

Sought for comment on the bookkeeper alibi, Corro said it won’t hold water, because the owner was the one responsible for the affairs of the enterprise.

The good thing was that, in the service area of SSS-Maasin covering the whole province of Southern Leyte and the six (6) adjacent towns of Leyte, no businessman was charged for non-remittance of contributions dues, meaning, this was settled before reaching legal Courts.

It was the second of two-day marathon RACE campaign, the first was in Sogod, Southern Leyte, Monday, July 25, covering five delinquent business establishments as well.

“The message of the RACE operation was simple: comply your obligations,” Corro said, hoping that such move will inspire other similarly-situated businesses to follow upon hearing or learning, and not wait for the notice to be served them. (LDL/MMP/PIA Southern Leyte)