(MNLtoday.ph) –Malacañan recently released the list of regular and special non-working days for 2017.
Under Proclamation 50, the Palace declared following regular holidays:
- New Year’s Day- January 1 (Sunday)
- Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Sunday)
- Maundy Thursday – April 13
- Good Friday – April 14
- Labor Day- May 1 (Monday)
- Independence Day- June 12 (Monday)
- National Heroes Day- August 28 (Monday)
- Bonifacio Day- November 30 (Thursday)
- Christmas Day- December 25 (Monday)
- Rizal Day- December 30 (Saturday)
The following are meanwhile special (non-working) days
- Chinese New Year – January 28 (Saturday)
- EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary- February 25 (Saturday)\
- Black Saturday – April 15
- Ninoy Aquino Day- August 21 (Monday)
- All Saints Day- November 1 (Wednesday)
- Last Day of the Year- December 31 (Sunday)
Additional special (non-working day)- October 31 (Tuesday)
October 31, as an additional special non-working day “will strengthen family ties by providing more time for the traditional All Saints’ Day commemorative activities, and will promote domestic tourism as well,” Palace said in the proclamation.
- “Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered and festive events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines, and such date may be declared as a special non-working day without detriment to public interest,” the memorandum read.
- “Whereas on 25 February 2017, the country will commemorate the 31st anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country,” it added.
The Department of Labor and Employment mandates that the following holiday pay rules be implemented:
- If the day is the employee’s regular workday: If worked, [the employee] is entitled to 200% of his [or her] basic wage for the first eight (8) hours and, for work in excess of the 8 hours, an additional 30% of his or her hourly rate on the said day; If unworked, the employee is entitled to 100% of his daily rate, provided he or she was present or was on leave with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.
- If the day is the employee’s rest day: If worked, the employee is entitled, for the first 8 hours, to 200% of his or her daily rate plus 30% and, for work in excess of 8 hours, plus 30% of his or her hourly rate on the said day; If unworked, the employee is entitled to 100% of his or her daily rate, provided he or she was present or was on leave with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.
- 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.