By Joanne Namnama P. Dilim, PIA, La Union
SAN FERNANDO CITY – Filipinos can look forward to celebrating two special non-working holidays this February namely the Chinese New Year on February 8 and Edsa People Power Revolution on February 25.
The declaration of holidays was included in Proclamation No. 1105 signed by President Benigno S. Aquino III on August 20, 2015 listing all the regular holidays and special non-working days for 2016.
Aside from not having a fixed date, special non-working days are significant events being enacted by Congress and can also be declared under the prerogative of the president.
Some special non-working holidays are not necessarily commemorated nationwide but for February 8 and February 25, it will mean spending a day off from office or school all over the country.
The Chinese New Year also known as the Spring Festival has national significance because it will be celebrated by Chinese nationals all over the world. It is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines by both Chinese-Filipinos and ordinary Filipinos as well.
“On the other hand, the Edsa People Power Revolution, which restored our democratic institution and ushered in political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people,” President Aquino said.
With this, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-1) ensures that workers from the private sector who will be working on said dates will receive proper pay rules according to Section 3 of the proclamation.
For both the Special Non-Working Holidays, the following rules will be observed:
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;
If worked, the employee shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work (Daily rate x 130%);
If the employee worked during a special day, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on such special day (Hourly rate x 130% x Number of Hours Worked);
If the employee worked during the special day that also fall on his/her rest day, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 50 percent of his/her daily rate on first eight (8) hours of work (Daily Rate x 150%); and
In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be entitled to an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on such special day (Hourly Rate x 130% x 150% x Number of Hours Worked).
For more queries on the computation and other related concerns, workers may call DOLE-1 regional office at (072) 700-2521 or may visit the regional office here or any provincial DOLE office near them.#