June 12 2012 Philippine Independence Day Holiday pay rules

The Philippines will be marking its 114th Independence Day celebration this coming June 12, which falls on a Tuesday. Some may be asking if President Benigno Aquino III will move this holiday to June 11 to create another three-day weekend for Filipino workers, and as of posting time, no announcement has been made (check this site for future updates).

June 12 is listed as a regular holiday throughout the country this 2012 by virtue of Aquino’s Proclamation 295. Read the full text of Proclamation 295 in the website of Malacanang.  According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), even if an employee opts to not go to work on June 12, he/she will still get 100% of his/her regular pay for that day. Meanwhile, those who will render overtime work on June 12 stand to get twice their regular pay for the said day (or more colloquially, a double pay).

Working beyond eight hours on June 12 would mean an additional payment of 30% of one’s holiday rate for every additional hour.  See the complete list of DOLE holiday pay guidelines here. If employees who have Tuesdays as their rest day come to work on Independence Day, they will get plus 30% of their regular holiday rate.

Report for work in the work day before a holiday

As mentioned in DOLE’s Handbook on Worker’s Statutory Monetary Benefits (released in 2010), 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.

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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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