Filipinos nationwide are bound to have a rare four-day weekend just a week after the Eid’l Adha holiday which will be on October 26. All Saints’ Day and All Soul’s Day (November 1 and 2 respectively) are both listed as special non-working holidays by virtue of Proclamation 295.
Signed last year by President Benigno Aquino III, Proclamation 295 lists all regular holidays, special non-working days, and special holidays for the year 2012. Read the full text of Proclamation 295 here. On the other hand, October 31, 2012 has NOT been declared a holiday.
This poses a tricky situation for employees. According to the Department of Labor and Employment’s Handbook on Worker’s Statutory Monetary Benefits (released in 2010), an employee is entitled to a holiday premium only when “he/she is present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day immediately preceding the holiday.” Download the 2010 handbook in this link.
According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), employees who opt to not report for work during special non-working holidays are not bound to get anything “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.”
Meanwhile, workers are entitled to get an additional of 30% to their regular hourly rate if they render overtime service on these dates. See the complete list of DOLE holiday pay guidelines here.