DOLE-Ifugao Field Officer Samuel Lasdacan explained that Presidential Decree No. 851 requires all employers to pay their rank-and-file employeesa 13th-month pay equivalent to one-twelfth of the annual basic salary of an employee in a calendar year to be given not later than December 24 of every year.
“Regardless of position, designation or employment status, all rank-and-file employees in the private sector who have worked for at least one month during the calendar year are entitled to receive 13th month pay,” Lasdacan said.
DOLE-Ifugao reports that so far no private employer in the province has violated the provision of PD No. 851. (JDP/MBL- PIA CAR, Ifugao)
By Marcelo B. Lihgawon