MANILA, Philippines – Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Tuesday, December 1, reminded companies to give their employees their 13th month pay on or before December 24.
“Dapat bayaran ng mga employer ang 13th month pay ng kanilang manggagawa, anuman ang uri ng trabaho nito, at ito ay walang kinalaman sa pamamaraan kung paano ibinibigay ang sahod, basta ang kanilang manggagawa ay nakapagtrabaho ng higit sa isang buwan ng kasalukuyang taon,” Baldoz said on Tuesday, the start of DOLE’s week-long celebration of its 82nd anniversary.
(Employers should give the 13th month pay to their employees who have worked for at least a month in the current year, regardless of the type of job or the manner by which the salary is being given.)
The 13th month pay does not include the following:
Equivalent amount for unused vacation and sick leave credits
Night shift differential pay
Allowances and other monetary benefits not part of the basic salary
“Kung ito ay hindi mababayaran sa takdang araw, ang 13th month pay ay dapat nang hingin at singilin (If this is not paid on the specified day, employees should demand it from their employers),” said Baldoz.
At a press briefing on Tuesday, Labor Undersecretary Nicon Fameronag advised workers “who are not being paid the 13th month pay to go to the nearest DOLE field office and file a request for assistance.”
DOLE will then activate its single-entry approach, wherein a DOLE representative acts as the mediator between the employer and the employee in a 30-day mandatory conciliation-mediation process. The approach is designed to effect settlement between the contending parties without having to go to court.
Companies are also required by law to submit their compliance report on the 13th month pay to DOLE before January 15, 2016.