February 25, 2012 special working holiday pay rules
The nation will mark the 26th anniversary of the world-famous 1986 People Power Revolution on February 25, a Saturday. According to President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 295 for 2011, 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.”
Is February 25, 2012 a special non-working holiday? The answer is no, as per Proclamation 295. The anniversary of People Power I is listed as a special holiday for all SCHOOLS only (emphasis mine). As a master’s student in UP Diliman with classes every Saturday, this is good news for me – but not for those required to work on Saturdays. Download here Proclamation 295 from President Benigno Aquino III.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment, employees who will report for work during special working days are only to his/her basic rate. DOLE explained that “no premium pay is required since work performed on said days (e.g. February 25) is considered work (done during) ordinary working days. Thanks but no thanks, PNoy!