Mark Villar pushes 13th-month pay for contractual, JO gov’t workers

November 29, 2022 Camille P. Balagtas 190 views

SENATOR Mark A. Villar recently filed Senate Bill (SB) No. 1528, or the “13th Month Pay Law for Contractual and Job Order Personnel” to provide benefits to all government workers.

The proposed bill will mandate 13th-month pay to all government employees regardless of their employment status, whether contractual or job order (JO) personnel shall be entitled to 13th-month payment yearly.

“Contractual workers (COS) and job order (JO) personnel play a vital role in government service. They fulfill their duties diligently and passionately, comparable to permanent government employees. Notwithstanding, they are not entitled to mid-year and year-end bonuses, such as the 13th-month pay, among other benefits,” Villar said in his explanatory note.

JOs and COS government employees do not receive benefits such as mid-year and year-end-bonus from regular or permanent government employees.

“In light of the persistent rise in the inflation rate, which led to an extraordinary increase in prices of food, fuel, and other commodities, Filipino workers, including contractual and job order personnel of the government, face greater hardships in their lives. Contractual and job order personnel lack security of tenure,” he added.

Villar emphasized in SB No. 1528 the minimum amount available for contractual and job order personnel shall not be less than one-half of the monthly salary by the employees based on their current contract with the government.

“Passing such a proposal should be a priority while there is still time left. This is our way of recognizing their notable contribution and their service to the government. This is our appreciation for their hard work, and sacrifice and for ensuring that the government is able to provide programs to our people throughout the year,” Villar pointed out.

This is in line with the recent issuance of the Commission on Audit (COA) and the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) extending their services of COS and JO workers until December 31, 2024.

It is expected that 642,000 non-permanent government workers will benefit once the proposed bill is passed into law by the upper and lower chamber of Congress.