Special holidays in Tarlac City, Calamba, & Lapu-lapu – April 19, 21, & 27

Three Philippine cities will be having their respective local holidays within the next few days. They are Tarlac City, the City of Calamba in Laguna, and Mactan City in Cebu. Tarlac City is marking its 14th Charter Day anniversary today, April 19. Meanwhile, the hometown of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal will have its 11th Cityhood Anniversary on Saturday, April 21.

Lastly, the central Visayan city of Mactan will celebrate its annual Kadaugan sa Mactan come April 27, a Friday. Despite declaring the April 21 as just a local holiday, Malacanang noted that the Battle of Mactan “is among the significant events in Philippine history and serves as testimony to the rich cultural and historical heritage of the Filipinos.”

President Benigno Aquino III declared the aforementioned dates as special non-working days in those cities through three different proclamations, all signed last March 27. Click the link to read the full text:

Presidential Proclamation 356 – for Tarlac City, Tarlac

Presidential Proclamation 357 – for Calamba City, Laguna

Presidential Proclamation 358 – for Mactan City, Cebu

Through these proclamations, the Palace hopes to give residents of the three cities the “full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.” The Department of Labor and Employment has long implemented a strict set of pay rules during special non-working holidays.

During special non-working holidays, employees who will not work will not be paid “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages.”

Meanwhile, employers are mandated to give their employees who report for work on this day an additional 30% to their regular pay for the first eight hours of service provided, plus another 30% premium if they work beyond eight hours.



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 two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.


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