December 31 2012 and January 1 2013 Philippine holiday

Filipinos will have another four-day weekend as they welcome the year 2013. President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 295 lists December 31, 2012 or New Year’s Eve as a special non-working holiday. The day falls on a Monday this year. Meanwhile, January 1, 2013 is a regular holiday according to Proclamation 459. It is one of the ten national holidays for 2013.

Those compelled to report for work on these days, particularly the ones working in the business process outsourcing industry, should take note of the different pay rules applied on these two holidays. Employees who renders overtime service on December 31 (and other special non-working holidays, for that matter) like New Year’s Eve will get an additional of 30% to their regular hourly pay.

Meanwhile, those will not go to work “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages” even on special holidays. This may be dependent on one’s employment status (e.g. regular employees are paid while contractual ones are not).

Employees who will go to work on New Year’s Day will get twice their regular rate for every hour of service rendered (“double pay,” to use a more familiar terminology). Workers will get their regular pay in full even if they don’t come to work on this day regardless of their employment status.

new year 2013 philippines

Advanced Happy New Year to everyone! 🙂 (Thanks to Ms Candeze Mongaya for the picture)



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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