Long weekend awaits Pinoys

DAGUPAN CITY, Aug 17 (PIA) — It will be a long weekend for the public as Malacanang declared August 20 and 21 as non-working holidays.

As per Proclamation No. 295 issued on November 2011 and Proclamation No. 455 issued on August 13, 2012, the Eidl Fit’r which falls on August 20, a Monday, is declared a regular holiday while August 21, Tuesday, known as Ninoy Aquino Day, is a special non-working day.

The week after, August 27, Monday, is the National Heroes Day and is also considered a regular holiday.

Pursuant to this, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) in the region enjoined all employers to observe the rules on payment for regular and special holidays.

In an advisory issued by DOLE Regional Director Grace Ursua, for regular holidays, every employee covered by the holiday pay rule is entitled to at least 100 percent of the minimum wage even if he did not report for work, provided he is present or is on leave of absence with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.

Work performed on that day merits at least twice or 200 percent of the minimum wage of the employee, she added.

On special holiday, Ursua said if the employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply, except in cases specified by the law. If the employee worked, he shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his daily rate. (ANL/VHS-PIA 1, Pangasinan)

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