Senator Tulfo: No business permit if 13th month unpaid

Senator Raffy Tulfo (right) proposes that if companies fail to give their workers their 13th-month pay their business permits should not be renewed. (Photos: Man holding Philippine banknotes – Getty Images; Tulfo – Raffy Tulfo in Action/Facebook)
Senator Raffy Tulfo (right) proposes that if companies fail to give their workers their 13th-month pay their business permits should not be renewed. (Photos: Man holding Philippine banknotes – Getty Images; Tulfo – Raffy Tulfo in Action/Facebook)

Senator Raffy Tulfo warned employers that their business permits will not be renewed with the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) should they fail to timely give the 13th month pay of their workers.

Ganito na lang po, mag-issue po kayo ng warning sa lahat po ng mga employer na there will be dire consequences kapag hindi po naibigay ang 13th-month pay on time this year 2022,” Tulfo told Lennard Serrano, assistant secretary of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). “Failing to do so, hindi po ma-renew ang kanyang permit (their permit will not be renewed), how’s that?”

(What about this, issue a warning to all employers that there will be dire consequences if they don’t give 13th month pay on time this year 2022).

Serrano said that they are constrained to merely giving out labor advisories for employers to follow, but Tulfo was not convinced, saying that those are merely ignored by companies, despite the law mandating it.

Yung advisory po ‘yan balewala po ‘yan sa mga employer. Habang hindi po sila nasasaktan, balewala sa kanila ‘yan,” Tulfo said. “Firstly, we’ll order them to pay. Kung hindi pa rin po magbabayad, hindi po sila bibigyan ng clearance sa kanilang Certificate of General Labor Standards.”

(Those advisories, employers don’t care about that. While they aren’t affected, they would not do anything about it. First we’ll order them to pay. If they still don’t pay, they won’t be given clearance for their Certificate of General Labor Standards.)

The labor assistant secretary committed to Tulfo’s recommendation.

In August, Tulfo reminded the BIR to focus on “big fish” like oil smugglers, and not “small fries” to boost its tax collection revenues.

Mark Ernest Famatigan is a news writer who focuses on Philippine politics. He is an advocate for press freedom and regularly follows developments in the Philippine economy. The views expressed are his own.

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