November 23 2012 holiday in Benguet

Residents of Benguet will be marking their province’s 112th day anniversary this November 23. The day, which falls on a Friday, has been declared a special non-working holiday by President Benigno Aquino III through Proclamation 485. It was signed by Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa last October 4.  Read the full text of Proclamation 485 here.

The holiday will give residents of the said Northern Luzon province a three-day weekend just a week before the nation celebrates the 149th birth anniversary of national hero Andres Bonifacio.

November 23, 1900 is significant in the history of Benguet because on this date, a civil government was established for the province by virtue of Act No. 49. This was signed during the term of Governor General William Howard Taft, who served until 1902. Click here to read the full text of Act No. 49 of 1900.

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William Howard Taft (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The following pay rules should be applied during special non-working holidays according to the Department of Labor and Employment:

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

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

Meanwhile, employees who choose not to work on this day will not be paid “unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.”

Be present in the work day before a holiday

DOLE’s Handbook on Worker’s Statutory Monetary Benefits (released in 2010) mandates that 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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