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Monday, September 28, 2015

SSS cites Pepsi Cola Products Philippines as Bicol's Best Employer

By Ana-Liza S. Macatangay

NAGA CITY, Sept. 28 (PIA) --- The Social Security System (SSS) has cited the Pepsi Cola Products Philippines, Inc. based here as this year’s Bicol regions's Top Employer under the Balikat ng Bayan Awards as one of the highlights of the SSS anniversary celebration.

SSS Bicol Division head Nilo D. Despuig hailes the beverage corporation for providing a meaningful social security protection to its members.

This is the first time that a private employer was given such recognition by the SSS.

PCPP I general manager Oliver U. Onrubia II expressed feeling of fulfillment and gratification noting that the corporation is on the right track in terms of giving back to their employees the services they truly deserve.

“I am overwhelmed with the recognition.  This is a testimony where we stand right now as a company and as a reflection where we are as an organization. It also shows that we are growing as a highly competitive organization and we humbly appreciate the challenge to further improve our services and to be more consistent in what we’re doing.  This is aligned to our core values- which are upholding professionalism, service and integrity,” Onrubia added.

“We need to recognize employers who are giving due importance to the social protection of their employees, that’s why we give the “Top Employer Award to deserving employers. This is also to recognize their role as partners or kabalikat of SSS and to encourage employers to uphold and comply with the provisions of SSS law,” Despuig meanwhile said in an interview.

The search is open to all regularly paying employer, both for contribution and loan repayments and those who submits collection list electronically ( EDI, flash disk, or thru the web) and is registered as an SSS web user.

PCPPI was chosen  for its compliance to the provisions of SSS law such as the reporting of newly hired employees to their office within 30 days from date of employment  by submitting SSS form R1-A.  This includes the willingness of the employer to present documents to prove that the employees are covered by the social security.

Thirty (30) per cent for the collection, which include the up-to-date payment of contributions and loan repayments as of March 2014 and the advance payment of sickness/maternity benefits, including the filing and processing of claims/ loan applications formed part of the criterion for the Top Employer selection.

SSS also gave 20 percent rating to companies or organizations that have submitted accurate reports on time including participation in SSS programs which endeavors to raise the awareness of the company’s human resource and its programs.

Aside from hailing employers who have responded to their call of providing their employees with social security blanket, Despuig stated that they are also actively pursuing cases against erring employers who are not giving their workforces the services that they ought to receive.

SSS have added at least 3 lawyers to help prosecute erring employers here in Bicol.  Despuig stated that among the provinces with a high prevalence of employer who have violated SSS rules are their Sorsogon branch, followed by Daet, Camarines Norte, Legazpi and the city of Naga. (MAL/LSM-PIA5/Camarines Sur)

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