Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron P. Salo has pushed for mandatory 14th month pay in government and private sectors.
Citing BPOs, ICT firms, banks, financial services and creative industries, the solon said that companies that have the financial capability to shoulder additional pay should give back to their workers. He added that some industries in the private sector are already giving bonuses such as 14th, 15th and 16th month pay even without a law mandating it.
“As such, there is really no reason for private companies not to give 14th month pay to their employees, particularly when the company is making profit. Management should share the fruits of labor to the same people who made profits to the company possible,” Salo said.
As to the government sector, he commended Budget Secreatry Diokno for his initiative to give additional payment to civil service servants. However, he appealed that contractual or ‘endo’ workers be given the same benefit.