Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that Saturday, 9 April 2016, is observed as Araw ng Kagitingan, and is a regular holiday nationwide.

 

“This is by virtue of the declaration by President Benigno S. Aquino III under Proclamation No. 1105, Series of 2015, Declaring the Regular Holidays, and Special (Non-Working) Days For the Year 2016,” Baldoz explained.

 

President Aquino III issued Proclamation 1105, Series of 2015 consistent with the laws of the Philippines governing the observance of holidays, specifically, Republic Act (RA) No. 9492, dated 24 July 2007, which amended Section 26, Chapter 7, Book I of Executive Order (EO) No. 292, also known as the Administrative Code of 1987, by declaring certain days, specific or movable, as special or regular holidays.

 

Araw ng Kagitingan, also known as Bataan and Corregidor Day, was first observed when the late President Corazon Cojuangco-Aquino promulgated Executive Order No. 203 of 1987 to honor and remember the gallantry and valor of the Filipinos during World War II.

 

Baldoz also urged the country’s private sector employers to observe the proper pay rules and core labor standards applicable on this regular holiday.

 

“I call on the country’s employers in the private sector to voluntary comply with core labor standards to ensure the social protection of our workers during this regular holiday,” she said.

 

According to existing implementing guidelines, the pay rules to be observed during the regular holiday on 9 April are as follows:
• If an employee did not work, he/she shall be paid 100 percent of his/her salary for that day. The COLA is included in the computation of holiday pay. Sample computation: [(Daily rate + COLA) x 100%];

 

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

 

• If an 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 an 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%)]; and

 

• If an 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).

 

END/celestemaring

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