Tulfo urges DOLE, LGUs to hold business permits of companies liable for non-compliance with 13th-month pay benefits

Tulfo urges DOLE, LGUs to hold business permits of companies liable for non-compliance with 13th-month pay benefits

By Liza Soriano

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MANILA — Senator Raffy Tulfo has urged the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) to block the renewal of business permits to companies for non-payment of 13th-month pay to employees.

Tulfo asked DOLE to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the Local Government Units (LGUs) to require all employers to release the 13th-month pay of their employees on or before Dec. 24, 2022, otherwise risk the non-renewal of their business permits.

“Magpa-Pasko na po. This is the time of the year kung saan inaasam ng ating mga manggagawa na makatanggap po sana sila ng kanilang 13th-month pay. Ang nangyayari po kasi kadalasan ay hindi naibibigay ito sa kanila dahil ginugulangan at dinudugasan sila ng kanilang mga employers,” he said.

Employees are required by law to get their 13th-month pay on or before December 24 of each year. Although there is a law, he claimed that many Filipino employers do not give their employees the remuneration that the government has demanded.

Tulfo said he already dealt with a number of complaints from aggrieved Filipino workers who hadn’t received their 13th-month pay.

According to Tulfo, it should be made clear in the MOA that businesses renewing their business licenses must first provide the BPLO proof that they have already paid their employees’ 13th-month wages and that those wages were issued on schedule.

“Hangga’t hindi po sila nasasaktan, balewala po ‘yang advisory na yan dahil kahit nga may batas na tungkol sa 13th-month pay ay sinusuway pa din ito ng mga employers. Kailangan po makatikim sila ng consequence para sila po ay umaksyon,” he told DOLE Asec. Leonard Constantine-Serrano. (ai/mtvn)

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