Did you know that April is the month with the most number of holidays in the Philippines? You have a vacation of up to 4 days. In public relations firm in the Philippines it’s not uncommon to be called to work during those days. But, do you know how you should be compensated?
With many compensation guides available online, it’s confusing which computation is right or should be followed. With this article, you’ll learn the basic holiday pay rules and the holidays for the rest of 2017.
Regular Holiday vs. Special Non-working
The differences are straightforward:
- Regular holidays are days of observance with a fixed date every year. Some examples are:
- New Year’s Day - January 1
- Eid’l Fitr - As per Muslim Calendar
- Independence Day - June 12
- Christmas Day - December 25
- Special non-working holiday on the other hand has no specified date and can fall on a date without any special event to commemorate. The president and the congress have the prerogatives to declare special non-working holidays such as:
- Chinese New Year – January 28, 2017
- The recent April 15 which is a black saturday
While regular holidays are static and staple every year, special non working holidays may be announced anytime of the year. A special holiday can also be declared locally, for instance to commemorate the founding of cities e.g Manila Day or Quezon City Day or to prevent traffic e.g Feast of the Black Nazarene.
Now that you’ve learned about the different holidays in the Philippines, it’s time to discuss a more interesting topic: how you should be compensated during those holidays.
The Pay Rules:
Among other things, the holiday pay rules differ between the two. Below is a comparison to help you understand how employees should get paid during regular holidays and special non-working holidays.
During a Regular Holiday:
|If employee did not work||100% of Salary|
|If employee worked||200% of Salary|
|If employee worked overtime||200% of Salary + (Hourly rate) x (No. of excess hrs) x 2.6|
|If worked on rest day||200% + (Daily rate x 2 x 0.3)|
|If worked on rest day with OT||200% + (Daily rate x 2 x 0.3) + (Hourly rate) x (No. of exss. hrs) x 2.6|
During a Special Non-working Holiday:
|No work, no pay|
|If employee worked||130% of Salary|
|If employee worked overtime||130% of Salary + (Hourly rate) x (No. of excess hrs) x 1.69|
|If worked on rest day||150% of Salary|
|If worked on rest day with OT||150% of Salary + (Hourly rate) x (No. of excess hrs) x 1.95|
List of Holidays 2017
For further information, here’s a list of the holidays for 2017 that you should know, whether you will be asked to report for work during the holiday or if you will be entitled to spend it as a break from regular work.
The pay rules mentioned above are mandated by DOLE to be implemented on the following holidays this 2017:
|January 1, 2017 (Sunday)||New Year’s Day|
|April 9, 2017 (Sunday)||Araw ng Kagitingan|
|April 13, 2017 (Thursday)||Maundy Thursday|
|April 14, 2017 (Friday)||Good Friday|
|May 1, 2017 (Monday)||Labor Day|
|June 12, 2017 (Monday)||Independence Day|
|to be announced||Eid’l Fitr|
|August 28, 2017 (Monday)||National Heroes Day|
|to be announced||Eidul Adha|
|November 30, 2017 (Thursday)||Bonifacio Day|
|December 25, 2017 (Monday)||Christmas Day|
|December 30, 2017 (Saturday)||Rizal Day|
Special Non-Working Holiday
|January 2, 2017 (Monday)||Special Non-working Holiday|
|January 28, 2017 (Saturday)||Chinese New Year|
|February 25, 2017 (Saturday)||EDSA Revolution Anniversary|
|April 15, 2017 (Saturday)||Black Saturday|
|April 28, 2017 (Friday)||ASEAN Summit|
|August 21, 2017 (Monday)||Ninoy Aquino Day|
|October 31, 2017 (Tuesday)||Additional special (non-working) day|
|November 1, 2017 (Wednesday)||All Saints Day|
|December 31, 2017 (Sunday)||Last Day of the Year|
One thing every employee should practice is to ask about anything that they don’t understand, most importantly when it comes to rights, benefits and compensation.