December 24 to 26 2014 declared as holidays in the Philippines

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Filipinos nationwide will have a rare five-day holiday covering December 24 to 28, 2014 (Credits: Inquirer.net)

Filipinos will have five consecutive non-working days next week as the nation joins the world in marking the Christmas holidays.

Since December 25 falls on a Thursday, the Office of the President deemed it practical to also declare December 24 (Wednesday) and 26 (Friday) as special non-working days.

The announcement was made through Proclamation 655, which was released September of last year. Read more about Proclamation 655 in this blog entry.

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Filipinos nationwide will have a rare five-day weekend covering December 24 to 28 2014 (Credits: Inquirer.net)

Going by what is stipulated in Proclamation 655, there will only be two working days next week, December 22 and 23.  Now, is it possible for employees not to report for work on those days for whatever reasons and still be entitled to the holiday pay?

The answer is yes, but the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) has strict rules regarding that.

DOLE’s Statutory Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Benefits (2012 edition), stipulates that workers will only receive their holiday premium if they are present or is on official leave of absence with pay on the work day that immediately comes before the holiday.

The handbook can be downloaded through this link.

Therefore, if you plan to go on vacation uninterrupted from December 20 to 28, better file your leave now if you haven’t yet.

At this point, it must be reiterated that December 25 will have a higher holiday premium than December 24 and 26 which are just special non-working days. refer to the infographic below for more information:

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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/)

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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: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

2 Comments on December 24 to 26 2014 declared as holidays in the Philippines

  1. Hindi ako marunong kumanta sintunado ang boses ko pero mahilig ako sa music at alam ko kung alin ang maganda pakinggan. Ayoko sa boses ni DARREN dahil masyadong birit at masakit sa tenga. walang control at isa pa nagbibinata yan at tiyak magbabago ang boses nyan. Ilan man kaming kapareho ang gusto at ito rin ang sadabihin ng iba pa.

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