JO, contractual gov't workers to get 13th month pay under this House bill

A recently filed measure in the House of Representatives institutionalizes a 13th month pay for all government workers--including job order and contractual employees--if and when it gets enacted.


Deputy Speaker and Las Pinas City lone district Rep. Camille Villar authored House Bill (HB) No.6541 or the proposed "13th Month Pay Law for Contractual and Job Order Personnel" for this purpose.

The measure, filed last Dec. 6, provides for a 13th month pay to individuals who have rendered a minimum of three months service with the government before July 1 of the current fiscal year, prior to the granting of the 13th month pay.

The minimum amount of 13th month pay--which is usually given at the end of the year--shall not be less than half of the monthly salary received by the employee.

Villar said she filed the bill “for the benefit of thousands of job order and contractual personnel working in the government amid the rising prices” as inflation raced to a 14-year high of 8 percent in November.

“These temporary hires had been languishing in government agencies and state-owned corporations for several years, some even decades, and their work and competency could be akin with permanent hires,” said the lady solon.

Citing recent data, Villar said 493,900 individuals have been appointed as job order personnel while 148,100 have been hired on a contractual basis. These employees don't enjoy the same set of benefits as regular workers.

The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Appropriations.