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October 6 2014 Philippine holiday – Eid’l Adha

Muslims all over the Philippines will be celebrating their annual feast of sacrifice, formally referred to as Eid’l Adha, this coming October 6.

The holiday, which this year falls on a Monday, has been declared as a regular holiday through Proclamation 875. Read the full text of Proclamation 875 in this link. The holiday will pave the way for a three-day weekend for most Filipinos.

Eid’l Adha was first designated as a national holiday back in 2009 when then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed Republic Act 9849 into a law. Know more about RA 9849 here.

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/)

It is one of two Muslim religious event that has been declared as such, the other being Eid’l Fitr, which this year was observed last July 29. Both holidays are movable.

The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos is the one tasked to determine the approximate dates where the said occasions will fall “in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra) or the lunar calendar, or upon Islamic astronomical calculations.”

As noted in a post last year, Eid’lAdha is a religious fest where Muslims pay homage to Abraham’s supreme act of sacrificing his son Isaac – an event which signifies humans’ obedience to God.

As per the rules of the Department of Labor and Employment (refer to the graphic above), employees are entitled to get their regular daily rate on this day even if they choose not to work. On the other hand, those who choose to render overtime service should get double their regular rate.

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