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Duterte urges employers to give 13th-month pay in advance

By: - Reporter / @KAguilarINQ
/ 07:55 PM March 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday urged businesses to consider giving in advance their employees’ 13-month pay or half of their salaries as the country fights the coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

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“‘Yun sanang malalaking enterprises dito, maybe you can consider paying the 13th month pay or just paying them maski kalahati sa sweldo nila as a way of showing your solidarity with the Filipino at this critical time,” Duterte said in a televised speech.

(The big enterprises here, maybe you can consider paying the 13th-month pay or just paying them even just half of their salaries as a way of showing your solidarity with the Filipino at this critical time.)

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Duterte earlier placed the entire Luzon on an enhanced community quarantine where “strict home quarantine shall be implemented in all households; transportation shall be suspended; provision for food and essential services shall be regulated; and heightened presence of uniformed personnel to enforce quarantine procedures will be implemented.”

Health officials have so far recorded 140 cases, including 12 fatalities, related to COVID-19, a respiratory disease caused by a novel coronavirus that first emerged in China’s city of Wuhan in Hubei province in late 2019. The country is currently under a state of public health emergency due to the virus, which originated from Hubei province in China.

The Philippine government has also upgraded its alert on COVID-19 from Code Red Sublevel 1 to Sublevel 2, which is hoisted when there is evidence of community transmission and prevalence of cases beyond what the government can address.

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