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115 companies report to DOLE on 13th Month Pay compliance

 

Cebu City, Philippines. As of today, 5 February 2020, there are 115 companies in Region 7 reporting their Thirteenth Month Pay compliance to the Department of Labor and Employment, DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton confirmed in a statement.

The total amount of Thirteenth Month Pay granted to workers reached more than Php86 Million mostly coming from companies located in Cebu Province (outside the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu) and the provinces of Bohol and Negros Oriental.

As of date, there are around 10,808 workers who benefited the reported amount, which is expected to increase in number once the Siquijor Field Office and the Tri-City Field Office (covering the Cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu) are done consolidating their respected reports.

“This data is not a real representation of the total number of workers in Central Visayas, who received their Thirteenth Month Pay. There is a possibility that there are companies, which have complied with PD 851 but failed to submit their report to us,” said Director Siton.

The Regional Head commended companies heeding to the call of DOLE on the submission of their Thirteenth Month Pay compliance report. The same is also looked into during inspection and the DOLE would definitely indicate a noncompliance in the Notice of Results (NR) after inspection in the event that workers would manifest in their affidavit that they were not in fact being paid with Thirteenth Month Pay.

“Covered employers must make a report of their compliance with the law to the nearest DOLE Regional Office not later than January 15 of every year,” Director Siaton said.

Pursuant to the provision of the Presidential Decree 851, which mandates the payment of 13th-month pay, establishments must submit to DOLE a compliance report. 

The compliance report must document the name and address of the establishment, the principal product or business, total employment, the total number of workers benefited, the amount granted per employee, and the total amount of benefits granted, and the name, position, and telephone number of the person providing the information.

The Thirteenth-Month Pay shall not be less than one-twelfth of the total basic salary earned by the employee within a calendar year.

Workers, who have rendered work in a certain company for at least one (1) month during the calendar year, are entitled to a Thirteenth Month Pay and it should be paid to them on or before 24 December of every year.

Also covered by the payment of the Thirteenth-Month Pay are household helpers or Kasambahay.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact LuchelSenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

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2020-02-05
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