Inquirer.net reports that Senator Vicente “Tito” Sotto III has filed a bill that, if passed, would entitle all government and non-government rank and file employees to a 14th month pay every year.

According to the senator, a 14th month pay would be “indispensable” as the Filipinos need extra funds for their families’ expenses.

“The recent P10.00 increase in the minimum wage is too small. Wages have invisibly decreased due to the rise in prices of basic commodities. Improved business earnings have not cascaded on its own. The 13th month pay is gobbled up by Christmas expenses,” read the introductory note attached to the bill.

If the bill is passed, the mandatory 13th month pay will then be given on a date not later than June 14th, while the 14th month salary will be distributed not later than December 24th of every year. “The minimum amount of the 14th month pay shall not be less than 1/ 12 of the total basic salary earned by the employee within the calendar year,” the bill read.

“Health and education needs of the ordinary Filipino must be assisted by our government,” concluded Sotto’s note. “This will make the maxim attributed to President Ramon Magsaysay become a reality- ‘Those who have less in life should have more in law.’”

What do you think, FNites? Do you think that a 14th month pay would be of great help to the Filipinos, or would it cause more harm than good? Let us know by voting in our poll!

(Photo courtesy of PEP.ph)

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