July 2 2012 Special Holiday – Pasig City
Pasig City’s 439th anniversary is a local holiday,
according to Proclamation 410
If you are working in the Ortigas business district, this is good news for you.
President Benigno Aquino has declared July 2, 2012 a special non-working holiday in Pasig City. The city will be marking its 439th anniversary on the said day. The declaration was made by virtue of Presidential Proclamation 410, which you can access in this link.
Signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa last June 18, the proclamation aims to give Pasig City residents the “full opportunity to celebrate and participate in the occasion with appropriate ceremonies.” July 2 is a Monday, and this effectively gives the people of Pasig a three-day weekend.
According to pay rules laid out by the Department of Labor and Employment, workers who choose not to work on special non-working holidays are not bound to receive anything except if there is “a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.”
Meanwhile, employers are required to give employees who will report for work on this day 30% of their regular rate for the first eight hours of service rendered. Those who will work beyond eight hours (by necessity, perhaps?) should get plus 30% of their hourly rate for this holiday.
As per DOLE guidelines, employees are 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.”
For example, if your work schedule is from Monday to Friday, then don’t be absent this June 29. That is indicated in DOLE’s Handbook on Worker’s Statutory Monetary Benefits (released in 2010).Download the handbook in this link.