DOLE urges employers: Release 13th month pay PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 07 December 2018 12:10

By RG Antonet Go

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) regional office 9 is urging all employers to release the 13th month pay of the workers in time for the holiday season.

“We are encouraging employers to pay the 13th month pay of our employees.  This is under Presidential Decree No. 851 na pinapatupad natin. Kung maari ibigay na nila,” Ofelia B. Domingo, DOLE regional director said in an interview.

The 13th month pay must be received by employees before December 24.

Domingo, however, is asking employers to give it earlier to allow employees to buy their Christmas necessities before prices of goods increase for the holiday season.

Presidential Decree No. 851 requires employers to pay their rank and file employees 13th month pay, regardless of the nature of their employment and irrespective of the methods by which their wages are paid, provided they worked for at least one (1) month during a calendar year.

The 13th month pay shall not be less than one-twelfth (1/12) of the total basic salary earned by an employee in a calendar year.

An employer may, however, give to his or her employees one-half (1/2) of the 13th month pay before the opening of the regular school year and the remaining half on or before December 24 of every year.

Qualified to receive are regular workers, casual, and the pakiaw.

Only workers on commission basis  are not qualified to receive the 13th month pay.

The DOLE’s Labor Law Compliance Officer is also conducting the monitoring and inspection of establishments to ensure that employers are paying the 13th month pay.

Employees may also approach the DOLE office in case their employers fail to pay them their respective 13th month pay. (RGAAGo)