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Pay rules on Holy Week, Araw ng Kagitingan

First Posted 13:34:00 03/29/2010

MANILA, Philippines?April 1 (Maundy Thursday), 2 (Good Friday), and 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan) are regular holidays throughout the nation, while April 3 (Black Saturday) is a nationwide special non-working day, the labor department said Monday.

Presidential Proclamation 1841, issued earlier on 21 July 2009, affirms the regular holidays on April 1 and 2, and 9 this year, Labor Secretary Marianito Roque said.

On the other hand, Proclamation 2029, by authority of the President and signed by Executive Secretary Leandro Mendoza on 24 March 2010, declared April 3 a special (non-working) day throughout the country.

The labor chief thus advised the country's employers in the private sector on the pay rules to be applied during the said nationwide regular and special non-working holidays as follows:

For the regular holidays on April 1 (Maundy Thursday), 2 (Good Friday), and 9 (Araw ng Kagitingan):

A. If the holiday falls on an employee?s regular workday:

- If worked, [the employee] is entitled to 200 percent of his [or her] basic wage for the first eight hours and, for work in excess of the 8 hours, to an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on the said day.

- If un-worked, the employee is entitled to 100 percent of his or her regular daily rate, provided he she was present or was on leave with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.

B. If the day is the employee?s rest day:

- If worked, the employee is entitled, for the first 8 hours, to 200 percent of his or her daily rate plus 30 percent and, for work in excess of 8 hours, plus 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on the said day.

- If un-worked, the employee is entitled to 100 percent of his or her regular daily rate, provided he or she was present or was on leave with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.

C. Where the day immediately preceding the holiday is a non-work day in the establishment or the scheduled rest day of the employee, he or she shall not be deemed on leave of absence on that day, in which case he or she shall be entitled to the holiday pay.

2. For the special non-working day on April 3 (Black Saturday):

- If worked, the employee is entitled to 130 percent of his [or her] daily rate for the first 8 hours, and to an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on the said day for work performed in excess of 8 hours.

- If un-worked, he or she is not entitled to any payment, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment for special days even if not worked.

- If worked and falling on the employee?s rest day, the employee is entitled for the first 8 hours to150 percent of his or her regular daily rate, and for work performed in excess of 8 hours, plus 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on the said day.

Any clarifications regarding the holiday pay rules may be made with the DoLE Call Center at tel. no. 527-8000.


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