Pres. Aquino’s holiday proclamation for June 20 (Download here!)
So, you may be thinking of reporting for work on that day. How will you be paid by your employer? Take note of the fact that June 20, 20111 is NOT a national holiday. What are national holidays, and why does this distinction matter? National holidays are the ones marked in red in your calendars (kindly refer to them).
Even without a presidential order, those are non-working days. Examples are Bonifacio Day (November 30) and Rizal Day (December 30). If you report for work on these days, you will get 200% of your hourly rate. Workers (whether permanent or contractual) will nevertheless be paid in full in case they choose to stay at home.
Ex.: You are a minimum-wage receiver, getting P404 a day or P50.50 per hour. at work. This means you can earn your daily pay of P404 by just working for four hours on a national holiday.
Meanwhile, for a date to be considered a special non-working day, there must be an official declaration from the Office of the President. Workers are entitled to 130% of their regular pay if they opt to work on this day. Going back to my earlier example:
P50.50 (the hourly pay) X 130% (the additional pay) = P65.65 (your holiday rate)
What if you choose not to work on this day? Will you still be able to get a holiday pay?
It depends on: 1) your status as an employee, and 2) company policy. If you are a regular (or tenured) employee, then you will be paid in full automatically. Most companies adopt the “no work, no pay” policy for non-permanent employees (or those we refer to as “contractual,” “casual,” and “probationary” workers). That’s how it went for me in my first job.
For employees whose month pay is fixed (as against those paid based on the number of days they actually worked), the day is as good as paid.
By the way, here is President Aquino’s official declaration for June 20:
Proclamation No. 154
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE PHILIPPINES
PROCLAMATION NO. 154
DECLARING MONDAY, JUNE 20, 2011, AS SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAY THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY
WHEREAS, Sunday, June 19, 2011, marks the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, our national hero;
WHEREAS, to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country, rekindle their admiration and respect for him, and to celebrate this milestone with appropriate ceremonies, the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) requested that Monday, June 20, 2011, be declared as special non-working holiday instead of June 19, 2011, which falls on a Sunday.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, BENIGNO S. AQUINO III, President of the Philippines, by virtue of the powers vested in me by law, do hereby declare Monday, June 20, 2011, as special (non-working) day throughout the country.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the Republic of the Philippines to be affixed. Done in the City of Manila, this 26th day of April, in the year of Our Lord, Two Thousand and Eleven.
(Sgd.) BENIGNO S. AQUINO III
By the President: (Sgd.) PAQUITO N. OCHOA JR. Executive Secretary