DOLE considers helping ‘distressed’ businesses on 13th month pay

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The Department of Labor and Employment is considering extending a helping hand to distressed businesses for their 13th month pay to their workers amid discussions to exempt those who have been heavily affected by the pandemic.

Labor Undersecretary Benjo Benavidez said this was one of the options discussed during the National Tripartite Industrial Peace Council meeting with labor groups on Tuesday.

“Willing naman po tayo tumulong sa kanila kung kaya. Sa tingin ko naman po under the leadership of Sec. Bello gagawan ng paraan na matulungan po,” Benavidez said.

[We are willing to help if we can. I believe that under the leadership of Secretary Bello, we will make a way to help them.]

There were 92 people who attended the meeting with DOLE on Tuesday but some labor groups said they did not reach an agreement.