MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – As Americans prepare to gain back the hour they lost this year due to Daylight Saving Time, Filipinos are gearing up to welcome an additional month to their yearly calendar, thanks to Senator Tito Sotto III.
A bill requiring employers in the private sector to give their employees 14th-month pay every year has been filed at the Senate.
Sotto filed Senate Bill No. 2 which provides that all non-government rank and file employees should be entitled to a 14th-month pay aside from the regular 13th-month pay they receive every year. (Yes, the Philippines already has 13 months in the existing calendar!)
Is it any wonder then that most Filipinos look younger than their actual age? They get an extra month before they turn a year older. If Sotto’s bill passes, they get an extra two months. Not to mention extra pesos in their pockets.