The Philippines will mark its 115th independence day this June 12, Wednesday. The day is a national holiday as stipulated in President Benigno Aquino III’s Proclamation 459, which he signed last September. This is one of the 15 national holidays for 2013. Since the holiday falls midweek, it is not likely to be moved to other days like June 10 or June 14.

 Employees who will work on this day, whether out of choice or otherwise, should get 200% or double their regular rate for every hour of service rendered. This is according to the Department of Labor and Employment’s Handbook on Workers Statutory Monetary Benefits (2010 edition).

Even those who choose to avail of the rest day should still get 100% of their basic wage as long as “he/she is present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day immediately preceding the holiday.”

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