February 24 and 27 holidays in Zamboanga Sibugay and Gen. Santos City, respectively

Those working on Zamboanga Sibugay and General Santos City, South Cotabato are bound to have a three-day break this coming weekend. The western Mindanao province is having its Charter day anniversary come February 24 (a Friday) while GenSan would be marking its 73rd foundation day on February 27 (coinciding with the 23rd Kalilangan Festival), which falls on a Monday.

General Santos City will be marking its 73rd founation day on February 27. Darlene Antonino-Custoio is their city mayor.

The said dates have been declared by President Benigno Aquino III, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, as special non-working days through Proclamation 330 and 331 respectively. See the full text here and here.

The two announcements were signed last February 7. The proclamations aim to give the residents in the area “the full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.”

According to the rules set by the Department of Labor and Employment concerning declared special holidays, employees who will not work on these dates will go unpaid “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if (it is) unworked.”

On the other hand, those who will report for work are entitled to get their regular hourly rate plus an additional 30% as a holiday premium. If they work in excess of eight hours, they will get plus 30% of their pay rate on that day. As per DOLE guidelines, employees who fail to show up on the work day just before the holiday are not entitled to get a holiday premium.

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About Mark Madrona

Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for a private college in Metro Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe received the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards. He is the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: View all posts by Mark Madrona

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