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13th month pay compliance report to DOLE should be in yesterday, 15 Jan; employers told


Cebu City, Philippines. Employers in the private sector should have submitted yesterday, 15 January, their 13th Month Pay compliance report to the Department of Labor and Employment, said DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete in a statement.

He said that the compliance report must specify the name of establishment; its address; principal product or business; total employment; total number of workers benefited; amount granted per employee; total amount of benefits granted; and name, position, contact number of the person giving information.

“All covered employers must be able to submit the compliance report to our office. However, we still be accepting submission of reports even until the last working day of January,” said Atty. Cañete.

The DOLE-7 Head already gave instructions to the field offices of Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Cebu Province, and the Tri-City (covering the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu) to closely monitor the reports on the compliance of establishments per P.D. 851.

The law requires all employers in the private sector to pay their rank-and-file employees 13th Month Pay, regardless of the nature of their employment and irrespective of the methods by which their wages are paid, provided said workers have worked for at least one (1) month during the calendar year.

“We have strictly instructed all of our field offices to consolidate the reports submitted to them by establishments located in their respective areas and turn in the same to the Regional Office not later than 22 January 2019,” added the Regional Director.

The Regional Report will be submitted to the Bureau of Working Conditions (BWC) not later than 25 January 2019.

According to OIC-Assistant Regional Director, Atty. Roy L. Buenafe, establishments who would be found to not have complied with what the law requires – giving the 13th Month Pay to the workers on or 24 December of every year – will eventually be subjected to inspection.

He also encouraged the workers to help the DOLE monitor the compliance of establishments by immediately reporting to the Department any company violating P.D. 851.

It can be recalled that the influx of questions and clarifications regarding 13th Month Pay was noticeable by each day as the Holiday Season drew near last year.


13th Month Pay is the one twelfth (1/12) of the basic salary of an employee within the calendar year. It could also be released to workers twice a year – one half of the 13th Month Pay before the opening of the regular school year and the remaining half on or before 24 December.




For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at


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