In just about a hundred days before Christmas, the Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 makes an early reminder to covered employers on guidelines to provide 13th month pay for their workers.

DOLE RO1 Regional Director Atty. Evelyn Ramos said 13th month pay is a mandatory benefit to all rank-and-file workers in the private sector, whether regular or contractual, provided they have worked for at least one month within the year.

Pursuant to the Presidential Decree 851, workers should receive their 13th month pay on or before December 24. It 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.

“We are giving this reminder early on to give employers the leeway to take this into account in their company’s budget towards the last quarter, as there should be no exemptions to this requirement,” said RD Atty. Ramos.

Further, RD Ramos notes the second tranche of the wage order RB1-21, which provided the hike in the daily minimum wage rates in Ilocos Region. It took effect June 6 this year.

“By December 1, the second tranche will set P400 as the minimum daily wage rate for non-agriculture companies with above 30 employees; P370 for 10-29 workers; and P342 for 1-9 employees,” said the Regional Director, who is also the chair of the Regional Tripartite Wages and Productivity Board.

“Through our effective linkages with various Industry Tripartite Councils (ITC), we are confident that employers in our region shall willingly and generously give their workers what is due for them,” she added.

Last Updated on September 16, 2022 by Justin Paul Marbella