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DOLE-RO I urges employers to give their workers 13th month pay despite pandemic


The Department of Labor and Employment-Regional Office I today encouraged all covered employers to release to their employees their 13th month pay. 

This is in spite of the adverse impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the operations of business establishments, Regional Director Nathaniel V. Lacambra clarified. 

Director Lacambra said Labor Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III issued Labor Advisory No. 28 on October 16 to provide the guidelines on the payment of the said mandatory benefit pursuant to P.D. No. 851. 

He said the advisory states that no request or application for exemption from payment of 13th month pay, or for deferment of the payment shall be accepted and allowed. 

“By the letter of Presidential Decree 851, or the 13th Month Pay Law, workers whether regular or contractual are entitled to 13th month pay,” he added. 

The advisory reiterates the said provision as it states that “Rank-and-file employees regardless of the nature of their employment, and irrespective of the methods by which they are paid are entitled to 13th month pay, provided they have worked for at least one month during the calendar year.” 

The 13th month pay is computed based on 1/12 of the total basic salary of an employee within a calendar year, or basic monthly salary for the whole year divided by 12 months. 

Basic salary shall include all remunerations or earnings paid by an employer to an employee for services rendered, but does not include allowances and monetary benefits which are not considered, or integrated, as part of the regular, or basic salary, such as the cash equivalent of unused vacation and sick leave credits, overtime, premium, night differential and holiday pay. 

The benefit must be paid by the employer on or before December 24, 2020. 

Complaints of non-compliance of the 13th month pay law may be brought to the appropriate field offices of the DOLE-RO I, the regional director said.  END/Arly Sta. Ana-Valdez

RD Evelyn R. Ramos
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