THE Department of Labor and Employment (DoLE) put an end to the issue on the 13th-month pay by declaring that it will not allow the delayed release of this benefit.
Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello 3rd on Thursday that the government would provide cash assistance to distressed companies so that they would be able to release the 13th-month pay of their workers as mandated by law.
He added that he would ask Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez 3rd for the needed assistance fund to companies, mostly micro, small and medium enterprises, whose economic viability was badly affected by the pandemic.
Trade and Industry Secretary Ramon Lopez supported Bello’s decision.
The Associated Labor Unions (ALU) and Trade Union Congress of the Philippines hailed Bello’s move, saying that it is good news to millions of employees who were demoralized upon knowing that their 13th month payment might be deferred or altogether scrapped.
“This positive development proves that social dialogue between labor, business and government, particularly on important issues involving these key sectors really worker,” said ALU National Executive Vice President Gerard Seno.
Under the law, rank-and-file employees in the private sector shall be entitled to 13th month pay regardless of their position, designation, or employment status, and irrespective of the method by which their wages are paid, provided that they have worked for at least one month during the calendar year.