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Computation of 13th month pay

Requested from DOLE by Reyza Kennedy at 09:33 PM on Dec 05, 2018.
Purpose: Research
Date of Coverage: 11/01/2018 - 12/05/2018
Tracking no: #DOLE-392345185393

Reyza 09:33 PM, Dec 05, 2018

Would like to know if there's a propoer computation for the 13th month pay that private employees should recieve. Since it is a mandatory bonus, then I believe there is a proper way po of computing it, right?
I was asked about this during my thesis defense (thesis entitled "Experiences of Occupational Health Nurses in a selected outsourcing company" Masteral thesis submitted ti PWU) since it is part of the compensations that employees recieve and would like to know if there is a proper way to compute it. 
Thank you & God bless.

Josefina 03:14 PM, Dec 06, 2018

December 6, 2018

Dear Reyza,

Thank you for your request dated Dec 05, 2018 under Executive Order No. 2 (s. 2016) on Freedom of Information in the Executive Branch, for Computation of 13th month pay.

We received your request on Dec 05, 2018 and will respond on or before Dec 26, 2018 09:33:08 PM, in accordance with the Executive Order's implementing rules and regulations.

Should you have any questions regarding your request, kindly contact me using the reply function on the eFOI portal at, for request with ticket number #DOLE-392345185393.

Thank you.


Josefina Pugate
FOI Officer

Redempt 01:13 PM, Dec 17, 2018

Thank you for your message.  Pursuant to Presidential Decree 851, the 13th month pay should not be less than one-twelfth (1/12) of the total basic salary earned by an employee in a calendar year.  Specifically, the 13th month pay shall be computed as follows:

Total basic salary earned during the year ÷ 12.  

For more information about 13th month pay and other worker' statutory monetary benefits, you may log in to

We hope we have clarified the matter.

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