MANILA, Philippines (The Adobo Chronicles, Manila Bureau) – Yesterday, we reported that Senator Tito Sotto III has filed a bill that would grant private sector employees a 14th-month pay in addition to the already-mandated 13th-month salary.
Today, Sotto introduced an amendment to his Senate Bill No. 2, ordering the government and private employers to immediately release their employees’ 13th month pay, instead of waiting for December this year.
Sotto said that the advance 13th-month pay would enable Filipinos to purchase their tickets to the Miss Universe Beauty Pageant which will be held on January 30, 2017 at the Mall of Asia Arena. This is the third time that the Philippines plays host to the international beauty contest. Miss Philippines Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach is the reigning Miss Universe.
Tickets for the coronation night are now available for purchase — from P35,200 for Special VIP tickets to P3,700 for general admission.
Because of the Filipinos’ penchant for beauty pageants, especially Miss Universe, organizers expect to sell out quickly.
“With the steep ticket prices, we need to provide our ordinary workers with the capacity to secure their seats for the coronation night,” Sotto said. He urged his fellow senators to give his bill the highest priority so that the workers’ 13th-month pay can be released immediately before tickets to the pageant run out.