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DOLE set to issue 13th month pay computation advisory

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is set to come up with an advisory on the proper computation of 13th month pay for private-sector workers amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

“So we will issue that labor advisory to clarify exactly how much amount a worker will receive, especially now during the pandemic,” Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez said in a Laging Handa briefing on Tuesday.

Benavidez added that since many workers have not reported to work and numerous establishments have either ceased or downgraded operations, the computation of the 13th month pay will be different.

“The understanding of most of our employers is that the 13th month pay is the total monthly salary of the worker but the computation of the 13th month pay is not like that because many workers did not report to work and we implemented suspensions of work. I think it is only proportionate that we have a correct computation,” he added.

Given this situation, Benavidez said it is likely that employers would spend less for the 13th month pay of their workers.

Benavidez reminded that the payment of the benefit is a statutory obligation.

Meanwhile, he said that in 2020, the agency has logged an 85 percent compliance rate of employers or companies in giving 13th month pay.

Under the law, private-sector employees have to receive their 13th month pay on or before December 24. (PNA)

DOLE chief Bello open to running for Senate as ‘substitute bet’

 October 13, 2021, 4:48 pm

MANILA – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Wednesday said he is not closing his doors to running in next year’s polls, despite skipping the filing the certificate of candidacy (COC) period last week.“There is a possibility. It will depend on what… Read More

BELLO seeks urgent certification of End of Endo Act

DOLE hopes Duterte will certify anew anti-endo bill as urgent

 July 21, 2021

MANILA – The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday said it has formally asked President Rodrigo Duterte to certify as urgent the proposed Security of Tenure (SOT) and End of Endo Act, which seeks to end labor contractualization in the country.“I just signed the letter… Read More


Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Monday said he is weighing his options on a possible bid for an elective post in the coming 2022 elections. 

 The l77-year old labor secretary was encouraged by President Rodrigo Duterte to run for senator. 

I am really thinking about it because as you know, our president wants me to try, but of course I have consider my health because I am already 77 years old, said Bello in a radio interview, where healso also warned the public to beware of individuals soliciting donations for his supposed candidacy. READ MORE

BELLO: No vax, no work policy illegal

rday.“We received a communication from the Russian government that they are willing to enter… Read More

DOLE to issue advisory vs. policy

 March 6, 2021

MANILA – Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Secretary Silvestre Bello III on Saturday announced that they will issue an advisory on the issue of vaccination in workplaces early next week.“We will issue an advisory, not an order on Monday. We will advise everyone that nobody can be… Read More

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