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May 1, 2012 Philippine Labor Day Holiday pay rules

The Philippines will be marking its annual Labor Day celebration this coming May 1, which falls on a Tuesday. Some are asking if President Benigno Aquino III will move this holiday to April 30 to create another three-day weekend for Filipino workers, and so far, no announcement has been made (check this site for future updates).

May 1 is listed officially as a regular holiday throughout the country this 2012 by virtue of Aquino’s Proclamation 295. Read the full text of Proclamation 295 in this link.  According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an employee who opts to not report for work on May 1 will still get 100% of his/her regular pay for that day. Meanwhile, those who will do otherwise stand to get twice their regular pay for the said day (or double pay).

Working beyond eight hours on May 1 would mean an additional payment of 30% of one’s holiday rate for every additional hour.  See the complete list of DOLE holiday pay guidelines here. If employees who have Tuesdays as their rest day come to work on May 1, they will get plus 30% of their regular holiday rate.

Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas is the first Filipino labor union (credits: William Henry Scott, New Day Publishers)

]The country had its Labor Day celebration in May 1, 1903. On that day, about 100,000 Filipino workers led by Union Obrera Democratica de Filipinas, the first labor union in Philippine history, marched from Plaza Moriones in Tondo to Malacañang, where William Howard Taft, the American civil governor at that time, was residing. Dominador Gomez, the president of Union Obrera, was later arrested for charges of illegal association and sedition.

Be present in the work day before a holiday

As mentioned in DOLE’s Handbook on Worker’s Statutory Monetary Benefits (released in 2010), an employee is entitled to a holiday premium only when “he/she is present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day immediately preceding the holiday.” Download the 2010 handbook in this link.

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46 thoughts on “May 1, 2012 Philippine Labor Day Holiday pay rules”

  1. jhoanna says:

    i hope it will be moved on monday!

  2. Ann Ragasa says:

    moved it on monday 🙂

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Hahaha. I don’t think so. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    Labor Day on May 1, 2012 Tuesday would be fine.

  4. Anonymous says:

    sana monday nalang

  5. Anonymous says:

    PLs move it on Monda

  6. Paola Mae Basas says:

    MONDAY !!

  7. Anonymous says:

    move it pinoy..pls

  8. Anonymous says:

    sa monday na lang para tipid sa pamashi

  9. Anonymous says:

    sana monday na lang.monday ,monday, monday

  10. Anonymous says:

    sana sa martes.. para maka pag leave ako ng monday then long restday

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Honstly, I think mas ok nga na i-move ang holiday to April 30 para may three-day break ang mga employees. Pero syempre, may other considerations rin ang presidente for sure.

  11. Anonymous says:

    yes nga monday na lang para continues vacation

  12. Anonymous says:

    yes Monday na lang para continues rest day

  13. Anonymous says:

    ok lang if tuesday kasi un naman talaga ang may 1, isa pa mahaba na masyado ang naging bakasyon…………

  14. Anonymous says:

    ok lang naman if tuesdy… kasi nga may 1 is tuesday.. sana declare nlang as special non working holiday ang monday kasi ipit eh..

    1. Anonymous says:


    2. markpere2010 says:

      As of Friday, 3PM, wala pa pong announcement regarding this.

  15. ligriv samonte says:

    Sana wednesday nalang kasi gusto ko un!

    1. markpere2010 says:

      May 2 na po ang Wednesday. Haha

      1. ligriv samonte says:

        para mas mahaba ang bakasyon, malay mo i consider ung monday and tuesday. hehehehehe

    2. markpere2010 says:

      Palibhasa. Malay natin. Para more time tayo for Noynoying. Hahaha. 🙂

  16. Anonymous says:

    international naman yan kaya dapat huag nang baguhin, puede..

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  17. Anonymous says:

    monday na lang

  18. Anonymous says:

    move it to monday pls

  19. Anonymous says:

    move to monday, please. thanks

  20. Anonymous says:

    honorable pres. aquino, please make it on monday

  21. Anonymous says:

    sana sa lunes na po para makatipid kami bayad ng pasahe

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  24. Anonymous says:

    no problem on May 1, Tuesday , would appreciate if they can just post as early as now the schedules – time and locations of labor day celebration rally, so we can be prepared and avoid these streets/areas.

    1. markpere2010 says:

      I agree with you. Watch the news in the coming days for any advisories.

  25. jholie says:

    Pnoy should move it on monday so workers will have a long weekend to stay with their families

  26. Anonymous says:

    pano nman ung may bday ng may 01? holiday is holiday…..walang lipatan

    1. markpere2010 says:

      LOL on that! 🙂

  27. cherilu says:

    should move on monday so that we students who hav summer class hav a long weekend stay at home:))

  28. Anonymous says:

    if there gonna move it then tell us quick….
    damn it….
    dont know if i can attend or not….

  29. Anonymous says:

    ang daming gloria dito gusto imove sa monday labor day ^_^

  30. Bo says:

    If we move it on a Monday, mawawala simbolismo ng May 1. Alam ko lahat tayong manggagawa gusto magpahinga ng tatlong araw na sunod. Hindi dapat tayo magpahinga sa araw na ito dahil kailangan natin ipaglaban lahat ang karapatan ng mga manggagawang Pilipino.

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Great point, buddy!

  31. Anonymous says:

    holiday po ba sa december 4,2012 sa mindanao

    1. markpere2010 says:

      Hindi po.

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