December 31 2013 Philippine holiday

As noted in a previous blog post, there will be a five-day weekend as 2013 closes. It begins from December 28, Saturday, until January 1, Wednesday.

December 30 (Jose Rizal Day) and January 1 (New Year’s Day) are regular holidays. December 31, the last day of the year, is a special non-working holiday. This is stipulated in Proclamation 459, which President Benigno Aquino III signed last 2012. Read The Filipino Scribe’s report about Proclamation 459 on this link.

It is not unusual for some Filipinos to work during the aforementioned days, like those who are employed in the business process outsourcing industry.  Therefore, it is important to keep in mind the pay rules that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) set for those days.

DOLE holiday pay rules

A table showing DOLE pay rules for regular and special non-working holidays (Credits:

Employees who work during special non-working days are supposed to get 130% of their regular hourly rate. This is in accordance to DOLE’s Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits (2012 edition). Click here to download the said guidebook.

Remember that even though these benefits apply to all workers regardless of their employment status, they can only receive the holiday premium if they reported for work or is in official leave on the day before the holiday.





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:

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