December 24 and 25 2012 Philippine holiday

President Benigno Aquino III has declared early this year December 24 as a special non-working holiday through Proclamation 361. The day falls on a Monday. December 25, 2012 or Christmas Day is listed as a national holiday by virtue of Proclamation 295 (click here to read its full text). These back-to-back holidays means that Filipinos will get two four-day weekends just before 2012 comes to an end.

Employees who are required to report for work on December 24 and 25 must keep in mind that different pay rules govern the said holidays. A worker who renders overtime service on special non-working holidays like Christmas Eve will get an additional of 30% to their regular hourly pay.

Meanwhile, those who opt to avail themselves of the rest day will not get paid “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages” even on special holidays. On another note, employees who will go to work on Christmas day will get twice their regular rate for every hour of service rendered. They will get their regular pay even if they don’t come to work.

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Merry Christmas, everyone! (Photo credit: Paparutzi)

PS: Credits to Demetrio Ragua (MA Media Studies, UP Diliman) for the Christmas-themed header photo used in this blog. 🙂




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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:

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