By: Elena Grace Flores
Senate Majority Leader Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has again filed a bill seeking to give 14th month pay to workers in the private sector to push through his quest since the 16th congress.
It was on Senate Bill Number 2 entitled “An Act Requiring Employers In the Private Sector to Pay 14th Month Pay” that covers all non-government rank and file employees who have worked for at least a month during the calendar year.
Sotto cited Article 2, Section 18 of the 1987 Constitution, saying “The state affirms labor as primary social economic force”; as the basis of his refiling the bill. It will definitely protect the rights of workers and promote their welfare as well.
The senator said 14th month pay is needed because the recent P10 minimum wage increase is “too small” and the mandated 13th month pay is “gobbled up by Christmas expenses;”which is indeed right. This is a proof that Senator Sotto knows the life of the Filipino masses very well.
“We need extra earnings in the middle of the year to help in school and medical expenses. Health and education needs of the ordinary Filipino must be assisted by our government,” Sotto said. Fore sure, all Filipinos will agree with him and private companies should be able to grant that because many firms are already doing 14th up to 16th months pay depending on their profits.
Citing former president Ramon Magsaysay, he added that “those who have less in life should have more in law.”
The bill mandates that 13th month pay be given not later than June 14 while 14th month pay should be handed out not later than December 24.
The minimum amount of 14th month pay shall not be “less than 1/12 of the total basic salary” of an employee in a calendar year; as reported by Rappler.