CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY: The Social Security System (SSS) has ordered its regional office in Northern Mindanao to investigate the alleged unauthorized encashment of SSS checks intended for member-beneficiaries and file cases against those involve.
SSS Commissioner Pompee La Viña issued the directive after receiving complaints that checks issued by the office did not reach the intended beneficiaries who filed for a loan with the SSS at the regional office here.
An initial investigation into the complaint showed that the SSS check was sent to the intended beneficiaries through postal services, but was reportedly encashed in a local bank by someone other than the member.
La Viña cited the case of a security guard who reportedly filed for an SSS loan in the amount of P8,000 to be used for tuition for the school year 2017-2018.
Records showed that the security guard later found out that the check was claimed at the post office here and encashed in a local bank, La Viña said.
He likewise directed the SSS regional office here to file criminal charges against those involved in the anomaly.
“Make sure that those involved would be sent to jail,” the commissioner said as he urged the SSS regional office to conduct a probe on the possible involvement of local bank officials and employees.
La Viña also asked the SSS members who failed to receive their checks to fill up the required forms at the SSS regional office so that a new check could be issued in their name.
“The SSS could recover the money from the bank if found that it was withdrawn illegally,” La Viña said.
Meanwhile, the commissioner has warned company or business owners who do not remit the SSS premiums of their employees of criminal cases to be filed against them.
The SSS regional office here has already filed cases against 500 companies that failed to remit the SSS premiums of its members.
Edwin Alo, SSS regional director in Northern Mindanao, said some companies have opted to settle the cases after promising to pay the workers’ premium contribution during the preliminary hearing of the cases.