Butuan City – Under Presidential Degree 851, all employers are required to pay their rank and file employees Thirteenth Month pay, and it should be given to the employees not later than December 24 of every year. The said law also requires the employers to submit their reports on or before January 15 of the succeeding year. Hence, on the earlier part of December 2018, DOLE Agusan del Norte Field Office has circulated a 13th month compliance reminders to different establishments in Butuan City and other areas in Agusan del Norte.

A total of 337 establishments as of January 15, 2019 has timely submitted their 13th month reports for 2018 with attached payrolls and vouchers, with a total amount of P76,141,268.56, benefitting 11,172 individuals with an average 13th month pay of P6,815.36 for each workers.

The strategy in advance reminders to the establishments is clearly effective considering the previous year’s performance. Table below shows the trend:

Year # of Establishment Reported # of Workers Benefitted Total amount of 13th month benefits
2015 48 2,506 P18,187,073.26
2016 121 7,182 P39,179,688.04
2017 164 5,084 P40,076,140.92
2018 337 11,172 P76,141,268.56

For the 2018 Regional Performance in the SEnA Program:

 

 

Regional Office AGDN ADS SDN SDS PDI
 Total Number of Request for Assistance (RFAs) handled 21 228 62 76 25 18
Total Number of RFAs Settled 20 211 51 73 20 16
Referred to NLRC/other Gov’t Office 1 17 9 3 5 1
No. of  Days to Disposed 3 days 8 days 15 days 14 days 8 days 8 days
Monetary Benefits P918,986.10 P9,722,007.43 P1,212,798.08 P3,081,116.83 P324,951.42 P274,590.76
Workers benefited from monetary benefits 45 316 108 171 18 16
Disposition rate 100% 100% 98.30% 100% 100% 100%
Settlement rate 95% 92% 82.25% 96% 80% 88%