MANILA, PHILIPPINES—A bill mandating the 14th month pay for all government and non-government employees every year has been filed at the Senate.
Deputy Senate minority leader Sen. Vicente Sotto III is seeking for the passage of Senate Bill 1645, that will require employers to provide 14th month pay to their employees.
“The 13th month pay is gobbled up by Christmas expenses. We need extra earnings in the middle of the year to help in school and medical expenses,” Sotto said in his explanatory note in the bill.
Sotto said that the recent 10-peso wage increase is “too small compared to the daily expenses of ordinary Filipino workers.”
Under the said bill, it is proposed that the 13th month pay shall be paid not later than June 14th, and the 14th month pay shall be paid not later than December 24th of every year provided however that the frequency of payment of this monetary benefit may be the subject of agreement between the employer and the employee or any recognized/collective bargaining agent of employees.
The bill also suggests that the minimum amount of the 14th month pay shall not be less than 1/12 of the total basic salary earned by the employee within the calendar year.
“Health and education needs of the ordinary Filipino must be assisted by our government,” Sotto said.
“Once passed into law, this will make the maxim attributed to President Ramon Magsaysay that ‘those who have less in life should have more in law,'” he added.
If passed into law, any provision of this Act is declared invalid or unconstitutional, other provisions hereof which are not affected thereby shall continue to be in full force and effect.
Mary Sarah Inciso Gabornes
ABCOM Intern/ Leyte Normal University