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No LRT, MRT operations from April 17 to 20

The two government-operated train systems, Light Rail Transit (LRT) and Manila Metro Rail Transit (MRT), will not be in operation from April 17 until April 20. The announcement was made through their respective Facebook and Twitter accounts.

As The Filipino Scribe had reported previously, April 17 and 18 (Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, respectively) are regular holidays while April 19 is a special non-working holiday. April 20 is Easter Sunday. Both train systems will resume normal operations by April 21.

 

LRT schedule holy week 2014

LRT schedule for the coming Holy Week (Credits: Facebook page of LRT Administration)

As indicated in the table above, LRT will be observing shortened operating hours for April 16, Holy Wednesday:

Line 1: Baclaran / Roosevelt (8:00 PM)

Line 2: Santolan (8:00 PM), Recto (8:30 PM)

In a separate Twitter post, the MRT administration said that the last train from its North Avenue station will depart by 10:00 PM.

Meanwhile, all government-recognized military veterans as well as their travel companions are still entitled to a free MRT and/or LRT ride until April 11. April 5 to 11 is War Veterans Week.

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April 19 2014 Black Saturday Philippine holiday

Thanks to President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 655, Black Saturday, which this year falls on April 19, has been declared a special non-working holiday. This holiday therefore creates a four-day weekend (April 17 to 20) as the nation marks the culmination of the Lenten season.

As mentioned in another blog post, there is a different set of pay rules for special holidays like Black Saturday. The information below is based on the guidelines set by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE):

For April 19 (Black Saturday)

• If the employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” principle shall apply, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day.

• If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work.

Sample computation: (Daily rate x 130%) + COLA).

• If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.

Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked.

• If the employee worked during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional fifty percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work.

Sample computation: (Daily rate x 150%) + COLA.

• If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.

Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 150% x 130%
x number of hours worked.

REMINDER: DOLE’s Statutory Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Benefits (2012 edition) stipulates that workers will only 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.

In other words, if you want to not report for work from April 14 to 16, then you should file a leave now. Or else, your employer will have the right not to give you a holiday premium. Download the said DOLE handbook on this link.

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DOLE pay rules – April 17 and 18 holiday

Filipinos anywhere in the Philippines will be enjoy a rare four-day weekend next week as the nation marks the culmination of the annual Lenten Season. These holidays are listed in Proclamation 655, which President Benigno Aquino signed last September 2013. They are as follows:

April 17, 2014 – Maundy Thursday

April 18, 2014 – Good Friday

April 19, 2014 – Black Saturday

It must be noted that while  Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are regular holidays, Black Saturday is just a special non-working holiday. In other words, they are governed by different pay rules as stipulated by the Department of Labor and Employment.  Click here to read DOLE’s Handbook on Worker’s Statutory Monetary Benefits (2010 edition).

For Maundy Thursday (April 17) and Good Friday (April 18)

• If the employee did not work, he/she shall be paid 100 percent of his/her salary for that day. Sample computation: Daily rate + Cost of Living Allowance x 100%. The COLA is included in the computation of holiday pay.

• If the employee worked, he/she shall be paid 200 percent of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours. Sample computation: Daily rate + COLA x 200%. The COLA is also included in computation of holiday pay.

• If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.

Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked.

• If the employee worked during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate of 200 percent.

Sample computation: [(Daily rate + COLA) x 200%] + 30% Daily rate x 200%).

• If the employee worked in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.

Sample computation: Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked.

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April 9 2014 – Araw ng Kagitingan holiday

The Philippines will be marking the 72nd anniversary of the Fall of Bataan this coming April 9,Wednesday. The day, referred to as “Araw ng Kagitingan,” is a regular national holiday based on President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 655 which he signed last year. Read more about Proclamation 655 here.

The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits stipulates that employees “are entitled to at least 100% of his/her minimum pay” even if he/she did not report for work on this day. The labor department emphasized that employees “must be present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day” immediately preceding the holiday (April 8, in this case). Read the above mentioned DOLE handbook in this link.

On that day back in 1942, Filipino and American fighters in Bataan under the leadership of Major General Edward P. King of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) surrendered to the Japanese invaders after realizing the “futility of further resistance.” Allied forces had been fighting the Japanese for four months already prior to the Fall of Bataan, and thousands of them had already died by that time.

PS: The expression “isinuko ang Bataan,” obviously derived from the events of 1942, has gained sexual connotation. How can an event commemorating the surrender of Filipino World War II combatants come to mean giving up one’s virginity? 😀

UPDATE: There is in fact a law which designates April 9 as a legal holiday. It is Republic Act 3022, signed by then-President Carlos P. Garcia back in 1961. Check it on this link.

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Araw ng Dabaw 2014 Holiday

The people of Davao City will be marking this year’s Araw ng Dabaw festivities on March 16. The day, which falls on a Sunday, is a special non-working holiday in the city as declared by Republic Act 7551.

The law came into effect in 1992 during the time of then-President Corazon Aquino. It stipulates that officials of Davao City shall “lead appropriate and meaningful celebrations and activities participated in by officials and employees of the national government agencies or instrumentalities, civic, religious and nongovernment organizations, and private companies” in the said southern Mindanao city. Read the full text of RA 7551 here.

According to WowPhilippines.com, the month-long celebration will include the following: the cultural presentations of the various ethnic tribes in Davao City, Mutya ng Dabaw, a sports festival, and street parade.

Davao City was formally established in 1936 when Romualdo Quimpo, a congressman from the region during the Commonwealth period, filed Bill Number 609 which created the City of Davao by merging the town of Davao (Mayo) and Guianga District. Davao was inaugurated as a chartered city by President Manuel Quezon on October 16, 1936.

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FEBRUARY 24 2014 CEBU CITY CHARTER DAY

Workers and employees based in Cebu City will have a three-day weekend before February comes to an end.  The famous “Queen City of the South” will be marking its 77th annual charter day anniversary on February 24, Monday.

This is stipulated in Republic Act (RA) 7287, which took effect in 1992, during the time of then-President Corazon Aquino. Read the full text of RA 7257 here.

The charter of Cebu City is also known as Commonwealth Act No. 58 (click here to read it). CA No. 58 was approved October 20, 1936 while the city’s formal inauguration happened February 24, 1937 (hence, the selected date for the festivities).

cebu city hall

The City Hall of Cebu City (photo by Mark Madrona)

According to a post in the official website of the Cebu City government, then-Interior Secretary Elpidio Quirino represented President Manuel L. Quezon during the event. Quirino also went on to serve as president from 1948 to 1953.

The following day, February 25, is a special holiday for schools nationwide. The day marks the 28th anniversary of the 1986 People Power protests.

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February 25 2014 Philippine holiday

The nation will commemorate the 28th anniversary of the historic 1986 People Power Revolution on February 25, Tuesday. According to President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 655 for 2013, the event “restored and ushered political, economic, and social reforms in the country” and that it “serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people.”

(PS – This holiday is not likely to be moved to February 24 to make way for a three-day weekend.)

Because of the success of the EDSA Revolution, Corazon Aquino was named as Time Magazine's Woman of the Year for 1986

Because of the success of the EDSA Revolution, Corazon Aquino was named as Time Magazine’s Woman of the Year for 1986

Keep in mind that February 25, 2014 is NOT a special non-working holiday. According to Proclamation 655, February 25 is a special holiday but for schools only. As someone who’s currently working for a school, this is good news for me. :p

According to the department of Labor and Employment, since February 25 2014 is an ordinary workday (legally speaking), “no premium is required to be paid for work on said day.”

On the other hand, those working in private schools, whether academic or administrative personnel, “shall be paid in accordance with the rules for pay on special (nonworking) days,” the labor bureau further noted.

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