- Sen. Vicente Sotto III filed a bill seeking to provide 14th month pay to private sector employees
- He quoted a part of the Constitution that promotes the rights and welfare of workers
- Two congressmen supported the bill
Employees in the private sector might soon receive their 14th-month pay; that is, if the bill recently filed by Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III will succeed.
Senate Bill Number 2 which was entitled, as per a Rappler story, “An Act Requiring Employers in the Private Sector to Pay 14th Month Pay” covers all non-government rank and file employees who have worked for at least a month during the calendar period.
The senator said the latest P10 minimum wage increase is too small as wages have apparently decreased due to the rise in the prices of basic commodities.
In his bill, he quoted Article 2, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution which says that the state affirms labor as primary social economic force and it shall protect the rights of workers and promote their welfare.
He said the present 13th-month pay is being used up in the Christmas season, and citizens need extra cash in the middle of the year to cover school and medical expenses.
Thus, under the proposal, 13th-month pay shall be given not later than June 14th while 14th-month pay shall be paid not later than the day before Christmas.
Also mentioned, the 14th-month pay shall not be less than the monthly basic salary earned by the employee.
Moreover, congressmen Gus Tambunting and Ben Evardone showed support to Sotto’s bill, as published on Manila Standard.
Tambunting said there is a need to balance the interests of workers and employers, and the broader economy.
“We need to remember that the Philippines is primarily a ‘service economy,” he added.
Evardone, on the other hand, said there’s a lot of factors that need to be considered. He said he will support it “provided it covers all employees” such as those in the government.