CEBU CITY, Philippines ? Apart from Wednesday, Cebu will have two other holidays for the month of August.
On Wednesday, the whole Province of Cebu, as well as the highly urbanized cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu, celebrates a special non-working holiday to commemorate the 439th founding anniversary of the province.
It will also be a special non-working holiday on Monday, August 18, in celebration of the death anniversary of Benigno ?Ninoy? Aquino on August 21.
Though Aquino?s death anniversary is on August 21, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, through Presidential Proclamation 1468, moved its celebration to August 18 to give Filipinos an extended weekend.
The same proclamation moves the celebration of National Heroes Day from Aug. 28 to August 25 ? a regular non-working holiday ? again to give Filipinos an extended weekend.
Wednesday?s holiday is covered by Republic Act (RA) 8952 passed in 1999, said Elias Cayanong, regional director of Department of Labor and Employment Central Visayas.
RA 8952 amends RA 7698, the Charter of the Province of Cebu. The amendment includes in the province?s holiday component cities and highly urbanized cities that were once part of the province.
Cayanong said those who work on special non-working holidays like Wednesday and August 18 are to receive 30 percent more compensation for the day. Those who chose not to work are not entitled to any pay.
On regular non-working holidays like August 25, workers still get the equivalent of a day?s pay if they do not report for work, and double pay if they do report for work, Cayanong said.