Pasay City will be celebrating its 153rd foundation anniversary this December 2, Friday. The day is almost certain to be declared a special non-working holiday just like in previous years.
This was confirmed to The Filipino Scribe by a source working in the Office of the Mayor of Pasay City. Once it becomes official, the holiday will give those working and studying in Pasay City a three-day weekend since this year’s celebration falls on a Friday.
According to a brief history posted on the city government’s official website, there are different explanations as to where the name “Pasay” came from. One folk tale says that the city’s modern name came from Dayang-dayang Pasay, a princess who lived during the time of Kingdom of Namayan. Apart from Pasay, Makati, San Juan, Mandaluyong, and a huge part of Manila is also said to have been under this kingdom.
Pasay became a pueblo on December 2, 1863 as proposed by Archbishop Gregorio Martinez of Sta. Cruz. We now refer to a pueblo as a town or municipality. It was led by a gobernadorcillo, the present-day equivalent of a municipal mayor.
This is in response to a petition initiated by several prominent citizens of Pasay sent to civil and ecclesiastical authorities which asks that they be allowed to manage their own political and religious affairs. Martinez is immortalized in Philippine history for his steadfast refusal to defrock the three martyred priests, Mariano Gomez, José Burgos, and Jacinto Zamora, after they were wrongly accused and eventually executed because of rebellion.
The Department of Labor and Employment’s (DOLE) Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits (2014 edition) stresses that “workers who are not required or permitted to work on special days are not entitled to any compensation” unless there is an existing company policy or a collective bargaining agreement that says otherwise. The handbook can be read here (proceed to page 16).
Meanwhile, those that will be reporting for work on this day should get an additional compensation of at least thirty percent (30%) of their basic pay for a total of one hundred thirty percent (130%).