November 30, 2011 national holiday pay rules

November 30, 2011 – another Philippine holiday!

In less than three weeks, we’ll be celebrating Andres Bonifacio day – or specifically, the 148th birth anniversary of the Katipunan founder. Before I discuss the pay rules for that national holiday, let me give you some historical points to ponder. We celebrate Jose Rizal day annually to commemorate his execution in 1896, while we celebrate Bonifacio on his birth date. Why the difference?

In a forum our company sponsored last July, Ms Fe B. Mangahas, member of the National Historical Commission of the Philippines, explained that this was done because the circumstances surrounding Bonifacio’s death remains very controversial up to now (unlike Rizal’s death, except for the retraction issue). If Bonifacio day falls on the day of the hero’s death, then it will surely open a can of worms, so to speak. What did really happen on May 10, 1897? Is it really a legal execution, or a planned assassination of a political rival? The subject will be discussed at length in a future post.

Now, off to the exciting part: the pay rules! November 30 is a legal national holiday. By definition, there are dates that are marked red in your calendars. You can download President Benigno Aguino III’s Proclamation 84, which lists all regular holidays and special non-working days for the entire 2011, here: According to the Department of Labor and Employment (, the following pay rules shall apply:

If it is an employee’s regular workday

a. If unworked – 100%

b. If worked

1st 8 hours – 200% (double pay!)

Excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

*Assume that you are a minimum-wage earner here in Metro Manila. You are getting P426 per regular work day (P404 for basic pay plus the additional P22 COLA or cost of living allowance). This means you are paid P53.25 per hour (multiply that with 8 hours and you’ll get P426). So, you’ll be getting double that amount (or P106.50 per hour) if you choose to work on the 30th. An additional of 30% would be added on your pay for that day if you work overtime. Using example, that would an additional of P31.95 for every hour.

If it is an employee’s rest day

a. If unworked – 100%

b. If worked

1st 8 hours – plus 30% of 200% of regular rate plus 30% (for the overtime)

Excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

Keep in mind that since November 30 is a national holiday, the same rules apply for both regular (or tenured) and probationary (or non-permanent, contractual, and casual) employees. And just a friendly reminder: being absent on the work day before November 30 automatically disqualifies you from getting a holiday premium.

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