Pasay City will be celebrating its 151st foundation anniversary this coming December 2, Tuesday.
The day has been declared a special non-working holiday by President Benigno Aquino III through Proclamation 911, which was signed last November 13. Read the full text of Proclamation 911 here. Note that Aquino made a similar announcement to commemorate the occasion last year.
According to the city’s official website, Pasay became a pueblo on December 2, 1863 upon the recommendation of Archbishop Gregorio Martinez of Sta. Cruz. We now refer to a pueblo as a town or municipality. It was led by a gobernadorcillo, the present-day counterpart of a town mayor.
This is in response to a petition initiated by several prominent citizens of Pasay sent to civil and ecclesiastical authorities which asks that they be allowed to manage their own political and religious affairs.
The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits (2014 edition) stresses that “workers who are not required or permitted to work on special days are not entitled to any compensation” unless there is an existing company policy or a collective bargaining agreement that says otherwise. The handbook can be read here (proceed to page 16).
Meanwhile, those that will be reporting for work on this day should get an additional compensation of at least thirty percent (30%) of their basic pay for a total of one hundred thirty percent (130%).