December 24 2013 Philippine holiday

Filipinos will enjoy two national holidays and two other special non-working days as the year 2013 comes to an end. The first pair of holidays will be on December 24 (Christmas Eve) and December 25. These days fall on Tuesday and Wednesday, respectively. This is stipulated in President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 459, which he signed last year. Click this link to read about Proclamation 459.

The specifics for the pay rules are discussed in the graphic below. Please click the image to enlarge.

DOLE holiday pay rules

A table showing DOLE pay rules for regular and special non-working holidays (Credits:

Now, notice that December 23 is sandwiched between the weekend and the two Christmas holidays. Is it possible for employees not to report for work on those days and still be entitled to the holiday pay?

Yes, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE). DOLE’s Statutory Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Benefits (2012 edition), stipulates that workers must be entitled to a holiday premium if they are present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day that immediately comes before the holiday.

Therefore, if you plan to have a day off on December 23 as well, better file a leave now. Read the said DOLE handbook here.



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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