Mark your calendars! The Malacañan Palace finally released information regarding the schedule of holidays and long weekends for 2013.
This might turn out to be sad news for employees because according to Proclamation 459, the Philippines will only have four long weekends next year unlike the seven long weekends in 2012. The following are the scheduled long weekends for 2013:
- March 28-31, 2013 in observance of Holy Week;
- August 24-26, 2013 for the commemoration of National Heroes Day;
- November 1-3, 2013 for All Saints’ Day;
- December 28, 2013 – January 1, 2014, in commemoration of Rizal Day and celebration of the New Year.
Proclamation No. 459 also contains the schedule for all regular holidays, special (non-working) days, and special holiday as signed by President Aquino last August 16, 2012. The list of are as follows:
The celebration of the Chinese New Year that was declared a holiday this year is not included in the list of holidays for 2013. However, “in order to foster closer family ties and enable our countrymen to observe Christmas more meaningfully,” the Palace has declared December 24, 2013 as a holiday.
On the other hand, the Palace will be issuing proclaiming national holidays in observance of the Islamic feasts Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha only “after the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient.”
According to the Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) pay rules, employees who are not working on regular holidays are still entitled to receive 100 percent of their regular daily salary only if they reported to work on that day or they are on paid leave “on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.” Meanwhile, an employee who worked on a regular holiday that falls on his or her rest day is entitled to receive 200 percent of his or her daily rate for the first eight hours and will receive 30 percent more for additional hours rendered.
As for special non-working days, DOLE states that:
“a. If the day is unworked, the ‘no work, no pay’ principle shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day even if the day is unworked.
b. If worked, the employee shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent on the first eight hours of work. In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate on said day.
c. If the day falls on the employee’s rest day and is worked, he/she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent on the first eight hours of work. In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate.”
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