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4 transport firms sued for not remitting drivers’ SSS premiums

  • Written by Cory Martinez
  • Published in Metro
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FOUR transport corporations were charged before the Quezon City Prosecutor’s Office for their alleged failure to remit to the Social Security System (SSS) more than P6.8 million in monthly contributions of their drivers.

Charged with violation of Section 22(a) and (d) in relation to Section 28 (e) of Republic Act 8282 (non-remittance of SS monthly contributions of employees by any employer) were the EPE Transport Inc., JME Transport Inc., R&E Transport Inc. and Nine Stars Transport Corp., all with the same registered address at #37 Rose St., Reparo, Baesa, Caloocan City.
    
EPE Transport is owned/managed by Ernesto Enriquez, Elisa Enriquez, Evelyn Marcelo, Jose Marcelo, Elmer Enriquez, Iluminada Enriquez while JME Transport Inc. is owned by Romeo Enriquez, Rosalina Enriquez, Jason Enriquez, Feliz Fabros and Teresita Reyes.
 
The R&E Transport Inc., on the other hand,  is owned by Romeo Enriquez, Ernesto Enriquez, Evelyn Marcel, Rodrigo Enriquez, Rose Marie Fong and Nine Stars Transport Corporations is owned/managed by Rodrigo Enriquez, Teresita Enriquez, Efren Enriquez and Renato Enriquez.
    
The SSS filed the case based on the complaints of at least 60 taxi drivers, who belonged to the Association of Genuine Labor Organization (AGLO), who claimed that SSS monthly contributions are being deducted from their salaries but they found out that the respondents do not remit them to the SSS.
    
SSS Accounts Officer Mayonito Fesalbon said that they sent several billing and demand letters to the respondents but they still refused to pay the premium contributions of their employees.
    
Documents showed that respondent JME Transport Inc. for its 29 complainant-employees, is delinquent in remittance of SSS contributions and penalties since January 1994 to April 2016, amounting to P4.013 million as of June 30 last year, subject for reassessment.
    
On the other hand, Nine Stars Transport Corp., for its four complainant-employees, likewise, failed to remit SS contributions from August 2002 to April 2016 amounting to P535,995 as of June 30 last year and still subject for a final computation.
    
R&E Transport Inc. and EPE Transport Inc., on the other hand, both violated the same SS Law for under-remittance of SS contributions or non-remittance of the employer’s share in the total monthly contributions.
    
R&E Transport Inc.’s delinquencies reached P1.69 million as of June 30, 2016 for the period of January 1996 to April 2016 while EPE Transport Inc. has an estimated delinquency of P629,162 as of June 30 last year for the period of February 1998 to April 2016.
    
SSS President Emmanuel Dooc, meanwhile, vowed to continue to hunt down deliquent employers as part of their Run After Contributions Evaders (RACE) or Operation Tokhang program.
    
“The four corporations are just a few of the many companies who are not giving what is due to our workers based on the SS Law. We will make sure that our members get the right benefits according to their contributions so employers should remit promptly and religiously,” Dooc stressed.