EMPLOYEES will not get additional compensation if they will work for three “reclassified” holidays this year under a new proclamation issued by President Duterte.
Last Friday, Duterte issued Proclamation 1107, which revised the list of holidays for 2021
Under the proclamation, the classifications of All Soul’s Day (Nov. 2), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24), and Last Day of the Year (Dec. 31) was changed from a special non-working holiday to special working holiday.
The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said this means no special pay rules will take effect for the three holidays.
“It will be considered an ordinary working day but with commemoration . . . so no special [pay] rules,” Labor Assistant Secretary Teresita S. Cucueco explained to BusinessMirror in an SMS.
Duterte said he opted to made the reclassification to “minimize work disruption” for companies, which were severely affected by the economic slowdown caused by the government quarantine restrictions to stop the spread of Covid-19.
Proclamation 1107 retained the earlier announced list of regular holidays, which include: New Year’s Day (Jan. 1), Araw ng Kagitinginan or Day of Valor (April 9), Maundy Thursday (April 1), Good Friday (April 2), Labor Day (May 1), Independence Day (June 12), National Heroes Day (Aug. 30), Bonifacio Day (Nov. 30), Christmas Day (Dec. 25), and Rizal Day (Dec. 30).
Meanwhile, its new list of special non-working holidays includes Chinese New Year (Feb. 12), Edsa People Power Revolution (Feb. 25), Ninoy Aquino Day (Aug. 21), Black Saturday (April 3), All Saint’s Day (Nov. 1), and Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8).
Under the pay rules of DOLE, employees who will be on duty during a regular holiday will get twice their regular pay for that event. In a special non-working holiday, a “no work, no pay” will be the rule. Only employees who will report for work during the event will be entitled to 30 percent of their basic wage for the first eight hours of their duty.