LABOR Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III informed micro and small enterprises that are having difficulty in financing the 13th-month pay of their employees that they can apply for a government loan.
Bello made the call as he reminded employers that the grant of 13th-month pay is mandatory. He however assured establishments that are still struggling amid the re-opening of the economy of the government’s support through the Small Business Corporation (SBCorp).
“Let me remind the employers that the grant of 13th-month pay is mandatory. We issued a Labor Advisory where we maintained that no exemption and no deferment will be allowed on the payment of the 13th-month pay. So, with this loan facility from SB Corporation, there is no more reason to not give the 13th-month pay,” he said during the ceremonial launch of the loan program with the Department of Trade and Industry and its financing arm, SBCorp on Friday.
As of Nov. 12, a total of 25 loan applications amounting to P5.052 million were already approved by SBCorp.
Qualified borrowers are the micro and small enterprises that have implemented flexible work arrangements and registered under the DOLE Establishment Reporting System as of Oct. 15, 2021.
The loan program can cover up to 40 employees per establishment and the loanable amount is at P12,000 per current employee.
Interested micro and small enterprises may apply at www.bayanihancares.ph.