Malacanang has declared December 7 and 8 as a non-working day in the municipality of Virac, Catanduanes and the province of Batangas, respectively. Proclamation No. 287 (for Virac, Catanduanes) and 288 (for Batangas City) were signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa, Jr. in behalf of President Benigno Aquino III last November 9.

Virac, Catanduanes will be celebrating its annual “Kaaldawan nin Virac” on December 7 while Batangas will be marking its 430th Foundation Day anniversary this December 8. The holiday proclamations were intended to give residents of Virac, Catanduanes and Batangas “full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.” See the original proclamations here:

Executive Sec. Paquito Ochoa signed Proclamations 287 and 288 in behalf of President Aquino

Proclamation No. 287 for Virac, Catanduanes

Proclamation No. 288 for Batangas

For these special non-working days, the Department of Labor and Employment has set the following pay rules:

  1. If unworked
    • No pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked (in this case, don’t be absent the day before the holiday or else … – MM)
  2. If worked
    • 1st 8 hours – plus 30% of the daily rate of 100%
    • excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day
  3. Falling on the employee’s rest day and if worked
    • 1st 8 hours – plus 50% of the daily rate of 100%
    • excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

Keep in mind that your employment status has bearing on this. For instance, contractual workers are not bound to receive anything because most companies observe the “no work, no pay” policy (as a reference, my soon-to-be ex company does not fall on this category, regardless of employment status).



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