Pag-ibig membership coverage mandatory under RA 9679 PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 May 2014 11:37

The Pag-IBIG Fund Marketing and Enforcement Division (MED) of Zamboanga Branch led by its Officer-in-Charge, Ms. Herminia A.Morales, conducted mapping activities on April 24-25, 2014 within the City of Zamboanga to identify employment establishments, private or public, that are required under the law to register with the Fund.

The activities are in line with the Fund’s nationwide campaign for enforcement of mandatory coverage of all qualified employees under Republic Act No. 9679 otherwise known as the Pag-IBIG Fund Law of 2009.

A 10-man task force together with the MED staff from the Pag-ibig Fund’s  Pagadian and Dipolog branches paid visits on almost 200 employers in two days. From such visits, the Fund expects to generate 1,000  additional or reactivated members.

The 10-man Pag-ibig task force

The enforcement campaign will address the issues on:

1. Non-registration of coverable employees and employers

2. Short registration

3. Collection of Member’s Savings (MS) from delinquent employers

During the employers’ visit, a first demand letter signed by the Branch Lawyer, Atty. Maria Joy Perez-Arcadio, and a copy of Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of Republic Act No.9679 were handed to the employers or their authorized representatives to remind them to register all their qualified employees.  The Fund gives these employers five (5) working days to comply with the law by submitting to the Fund the required documents and paying the mandatory contributions/savings of all their qualified employees.  Otherwise, a penalty of 3% for every month of delay for the amount due would be imposed upon them, in addition to other remedies provided under the law.  In case of failure to make the necessary payments, the Fund shall issue to the erring employers the final notice and demand for payment and, in certain situations, institution of criminal cases against them.

Pag-IBIG Zamboanga branch is determined to pursue erring employers.  In fact, there is an on-going case in court against one of the big employers in the fishing industry in Zamboanga City.  The court has served warrants for the arrests of the corporate officers.

For registration and requirements, employers can call the Marketing and Enforcement Division at Telephone No.  062-991-0092 and look for Mr. Roy Agosila or Mr. Chippy Gutierrez.—CVM