Employees in the Philippines can expect year-end bonus

The Department of Labour and Employment (DOLE) is set to issue an advisory to employers regarding the grant of 13th-month pay for private sector workers.
By: | November 1, 2022

“We will release a labour advisory to guide our employers in the payment of the 13th-month pay this year, for 2022. At the same time, we are also contacting our employers’ organisations for the correct payment of the 13th-month pay,” said Alvin Curada, director of the DOLE’s Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC).

He noted that for this year, the computation for the 13th-month pay would be based on all the basic salary that a worker received from January 1 to December 31 this year. 

“It will be divided by 12. The total is the 13th-month pay. This is 1/12 of the total basic salary earned by the employee in one calendar year or this year,” Curada said. 

Under Presidential Decree 851, which was signed by the late president Ferdinand E Marcos in 1975, workers should get or receive their 13th-month pay no later than December 24 every year. 

All rank-and-file employees of a private company are entitled to 13th-month pay, provided they have been employed for at least one month within the calendar year. 

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Companies are required to report to DOLE through its Online Establishment Report Form not later than January 15, 2023, on the settlement of the 13th-month pay.  Based on BWC data, it recorded a high compliance rate in the payment of 13th-month pay at 97.1% in 2021, reported PNA.