Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III yesterday urged private sector employers to observe on 12 September 2016, which is a regular holiday across the nation in celebration of Eid’l Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice of the Muslims, the proper wage rules and core labor standards for workers.
Bello said that the regular holiday is by virtue of Proclamation No. 56, Series of 2016, declaring 12 September 2016 as a Regular Holiday throughout the country in observance of Eid’l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice), which President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed on 5 September 2016.
He emphasized that the declaration of 12 September 2016 as a regular holiday was meant to foster goodwill between the Filipino Muslims and the Filipino Christians, as the feast is a celebration of Muslims in honoring the willingness of Ibrahim to obey Allah and in commemorating the end of Hajj (Pilgrimage to Mecca).
“Voluntary compliance with labor laws, including correct wage payment during holidays, denotes workplace excellence and redounds to the competitiveness of business and the country’s industries,” he said.
The pay rules for regular holiday on 12 September are as follows:
• If the employee did not work; he or she shall be paid 100 percent of his or her salary for that day [(Daily Rate + Cost of Living Allowance) x 100%];
• For work done during the regular holiday, the employees shall be paid 200 percent of his/her regular salary for that day for the first eight hours [(Daily Rate + COLA) x 200%];
• For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day [(Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked];
• For work done during a regular holiday that also falls on his or her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his her daily rate of 200 percent [(Daily Rate + COLA) x 200%] + [30% (Daily Rate x 200%)]; and
• For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work) during a holiday that also falls on his or her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day (Hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 200% x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked).