DOLE-Bicol advises employers to take note of 2016 holidays declared by Malacañang

September 1, 2015 5:26 am 

By Danny O. Calleja

LEGAZPI CITY, Aug. 31 (PNA) – The regional office for Bicol here of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is advising local employers to take note of the regular and non-working holidays recently declared by Malacañang for next year.

DOLE Regional Director Nathaniel Lacambra on Monday said it would be advantageous for employers, especially in the manufacturing sector, to have this list of holidays in their calendar of operations so that they could plan work schedules in relation to taking orders from distributors or customers.

For the working class, having an advance knowledge of these holidays would, on the other hand, help them plan their vacations, he said.

Procalamation No. 1105, signed for Pres. Benigno Aquino III by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa and issued last Aug. 20, listed a total of 10 regular holidays and five special non-working days with an additional of four days.

It said that as provided under Republic Act 9492, which amended Executive Order No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, certain days (specific or movable) are declared as special or regular holidays.

Hence, the proclamation provides that holidays, except those that are religious in nature, are moved to the nearest Monday unless otherwise modified by law, order or proclamation.

Thus, it listed as regular holidays New Year’s Day, Jan. 1 (Friday); Maundy Thursday, March 24; Good Friday, March 25; Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9 (Saturday); Labor Day, May 1 (Sunday); Independence Day, June 12 (Sunday); National Heroes Day, Aug. 29 (Monday); Bonifacio Day, Nov. 30 (Wednesday); Christmas Day, Dec. 25 (Sunday); and Rizal Day, Dec. 30 (Friday).

Special non-working days are Chinese New Year, Feb. 8 (Monday); EDSA People Power Revolution, Feb. 25 (Thursday); Black Saturday, March 26; Ninoy Aquino Day, Aug. 21 (Sunday); All Saints Day, Nov. 1 (Tuesday); and four other additional days — Jan. 2 (Saturday), Oct. 31 (Monday), Dec. 24 (Saturday) and Dec. 31 (Saturday).

Likewise, the proclamation said that Eidul Adha shall be celebrated as a national holiday as provided under Republic Act 9849 or the Act declaring the 10th day of Zhul Hijja, the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, as such.

It also said that on Feb. 8, Chinese nationals all over the world will celebrate their Spring Festival, popularly known as the Chinese New Year, which is one of the most revered events celebrated not only in China but also in the Philippines.

“Such date may be declared as a special (non-working) day without detriment to public interest,” according to the proclamation.

On Feb. 25, 2016, it said, the country will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country.

“Black Saturday, which falls on March 25, 2016, on the other hand, has been traditionally declared as a special non-working day throughout the country, as part of the observance of the Holy Week, being one of the most cherished traditions of our predominantly Catholic people,” Proclamation 1105 said.

It added that declaring Jan. 2, Oct. 31, Dec. 24 and Dec. 31 as special non-working days will strengthen family ties by providing longer New Year, All Saints Day and Christmas weekends and will promote domestic tourism as well.

On the other hand, it said, the proclamations declaring national holidays for the observance of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha shall be issued 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.

“To this end, the National Commission on Muslim Filipinos shall inform the Office of the President of the actual dates on which these holidays shall respectively fall,” it added.

As per instruction of the President, Lacambra said, the DOLE was tasked to come up with the implement guidelines for this proclamation.

The DOLE regional chief added that his office would promptly furnish Bicol employers of the guidelines once formulated by the labor department’s central office in Manila so that compliance is enhanced through advanced work planning.

It will also serve as a reminder for the employers of the rules provided under Executive Order No. 203 as amended by RA 9177, which states among others that if the holiday falls on a regular workday, the employees are entitled to 100- percent compensation when unworked and 200 percent for the first eight hours, if worked with each excess hour to be paid 30 percent more.

When the regular holiday falls on employee’s rest day, he or she shall be entitled to 100-percent pay if unworked and if worked, plus 30 percent of 200 percent for the first eight hours and in excess of eight hours, plus 30 percent of hourly rate.

For the declared special non-working days, Lcambra said, the following rules shall apply: no pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement granting payment of wages even if unworked.

If worked, the employee shall be paid an additional of 30 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent for the first eight hours of work and plus 30 percent of hourly rate in excess of eight hours, according to Lacambra.

When the non-working day falls on employee’s rest day and if worked, the first eight hours should be plus 50 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent and plus 30 percent of hourly rate in excess of eight hours, he said.

For work performed on special working holidays, an employee is entitled only to his basic rate and no premium pay is required since work performed on said days is considered work on ordinary working days, he added. (PNA)

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