May 1 2014 Labor Day Philippine Holiday

DOLE holiday pay rules
A table showing DOLE pay rules for regular and special non-working holidays (Credits: http://www.gov.ph/whats-the-difference-between-a-regular-holiday-and-a-special-non-working-day/)

Fresh from enjoying four consecutive non-working days, Filipino workers can look forward to another legal holiday next week. The nation will be marking the annual Labor Day this coming May 1, Thursday.

It is one of the national holidays stipulated in President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 655, which was signed September of last year. Now, some readers may be asking if it is possible for the holiday to be moved to May 2 (Friday) to create a three-day weekend.

This is not likely since the current administration in recent years had made it a point not to observe the so-called “holiday economics” policy implemented during the term of President Gloria Arroyo. In other words, just like in 2012 and 2013, Labor Day will definitely be observed on May 1.

DOLE holiday pay rules
A table showing DOLE pay rules for regular and special non-working holidays (Credits: http://www.gov.ph/whats-the-difference-between-a-regular-holiday-and-a-special-non-working-day/)

As The Filipino Scribe noted last year, the business community, including the influential American Chamber of Commerce and Industry, had steadfastly called on the government to reduce the “excessive” number of national and local holidays in the country.

Since May 1 is a regular holiday, employees who report on this day are entitled to get “at least 100% of his/her minimum wage rate even if he/she did not report for work” during regular holidays. In other words, you should receive your salary in full for this day even if you just stayed at home.

Meanwhile, those who work during national holidays will get 200% of their regular rate for every hour of service rendered. In common parlance, this is referred to as “double pay.”

However, employees are required to be present or should on leave of absence with pay on the work day immediately preceding the holiday for them to get a holiday premium.

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4 Comments on May 1 2014 Labor Day Philippine Holiday

  1. ano po ba talagang proclamation # bakit sa inyo ay 459 sa Philippine News eh Proclamation 655?
    Tama po ba ang ibinabalita ninyo?

  2. Liza Marie Cristobal Vinuya
    Holy Angel University
    Rizal F-332 CBA

    This is a good thing because many of our fellow Filipinos are working full time and minsan pa nga po ay overtime. But this gives an advantage to our workers to give them a break and make some time for their family gatherings,relatives,friends, and to feel that they can enjoy their money dahil pinag paguran din nila po yun.

    • Vinuya, Liza Marie Cristobal
      Holy Angel University
      Rizal F-332 CBA

      This is a good thing because many of our fellow Filipinos are working full time and minsan pa nga po ay overtime. But this gives an advantage to our workers to give them a break and make some time for their family gatherings,relatives,friends, and to feel that they can enjoy their money dahil pinag paguran din nila po yun.

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