Push for 14th month pay for workers in the Philippines

PHILIPPINES: A lawmaker is batting to introduce a 14th month payment for all employees, saying that the state must address the plight of workers in both the government and private sectors.

Kabayan party-list Representative Ron Salo filed the proposed 14th Month Pay Law, which is similar to a proposal he had filed in the previous Congress.

"Despite the existence of 13th Month Pay, many Filipino families still struggle to sufficiently provide for their families because of meager salaries, among other issues," Salo said.

Under the proposal, the 13th month pay would be paid on or before May 31 of each year. The 14th month pay would be given on or before November 30 of each year, in time for Christmas.

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