Albay Day – April 3 2013

President Benigno Aquino III has declared April 3, Wednesday, a special non-working holiday in the province of Albay. The said province in Bicol Region will be celebrating the annual Daragang Mayon Festival throughout the month of April. Aquino made the announcement through Proclamation 557, which Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa signed last March 7. Read the full text of Proclamation 557 here.

Employers are not required to pay anything to their employees during special non-working days (ergo, the policy “no work, no pay”) “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day.” Read the detailed DOLE pay rules here.

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Albay Day 2013 (Credits: Gov. Joey Salceda’s Facebook page)

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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 a private college in Metro Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe received the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards. He is the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

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