The Department of Labor and Employment Regional Office 1 reminds all covered employers and establishments in the region to comply with the reportorial requirement on their payment of 13th month pay to their workers in 2022, to be submitted not later than January 15, 2023.

Regional Director Exequiel Ronie A. Guzman said establishments are required to submit their report, as mandated by the Presidential Decree 851, or the 13th Month Pay law.

“Section 8 of PD 851 provides that every covered employer shall make a report of their compliance to the nearest regional labor office not later than January 15 of each year,” RD Guzman cited.

Reports are to be submitted online, via www.reports.dole.gov.ph. “DOLE emphasizes digitization of report submission to ensure convenience and accessibility for employers,” RD Guzman added.

Among the details to be submitted are: name and address of establishment, principal product or business, total employment, total number of workers benefited, amount granted per employee, total amount of benefits granted, and name, position, and telephone number of person giving the information.

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.

All private-sector “rank-and-file” employees are eligible for the 13th month pay benefit provided that they’ve worked for at least one month during the calendar year.

“By this time, all qualified workers should have already received their 13th month pay, hence should be accordingly reported by their employers. Further, this benefit is mandatory, hence no employer or establishment was exempted from giving 13th month pay,” RD Guzman reiterated.

 

Last Updated on January 16, 2023 by Justin Paul Marbella