Two cities in the province of Batangas will be having a special non-working holiday on the same day that President Benigno Aquino III will be delivering his third State of the Nation Address. Batangas City will be marking its 43rd foundation anniversary on July 23, 2012. Aquino himself formalized this declaration through Proclamation 397, which you can read on this link.
Meanwhile, residents of Tanauan City will have their annual Apolinario Mabini day on the same date. Known as the “Brains of the Revolution” and the “Sublime Paralytic,” the Filipino hero was born on July 23, 1864 in Barangay Talaga, Tanauan, Batangas. Given Mabini’s stature in Philippine history, one can’t help but wonder why Mabini day is not listed at least as a provincial holiday (unlike Aguinaldo Day in Cavite and Francisco Balagtas day in Bulacan).
For their part, Gingoog City in Misamis Oriental will be celebrating their 52nd charter day also on July 23 by virtue of Proclamation 398 (click here to read its full text). According to the city’s official website, the annual charter day is celebrated with numerous festivities such as the Kaliga Street Dancing, Fun Climb, Bb. Gingoog Tourism Pageant, Sports Activities (Shootfest, Airsoft Competition, Skimboarding Competition) and Cultural Shows (Legend of Gingoog).
Since these three events are merely local in nature, employees are not entitled to receive a double pay in case they report for work on these days. According to the Department of Labor and Employment, they will instead get an additional of 30% to their regular pay for the first eight hours of service rendered. Employees who will work beyond eight hours are supposed to receive another plus 30% to their pay rate on this particular day.
Lastly, those who opt to stay at home and avail of the vacation will not be paid “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.”
It is worth emphasizing again that it is a must for employees to be present in the work day before a scheduled holiday. DOLE’s Handbook on Worker’s Statutory Monetary Benefits (released in 2010) states that an employee is entitled to a holiday premium only when “he/she is present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day immediately preceding the holiday.” Download the 2010 handbook in this link.