#WalangPasok – November 30 2017 declared a national holiday
The Philippines will be marking the 154th birth anniversary of Spanish-era revolutionary leader and national hero Andres Bonifacio this November 30, Thursday.
The day, commonly referred to as Bonifacio Day, is a national holiday as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 50, which he signed August of last year. This is the last national holiday before the three-weeks leading to Christmas. It is worth stressing that this holiday will almost certainly not be moved to December 1 to give Filipinos a three-day weekend.
November 30 was first declared as Bonifacio Day through Philippine Legislature Act No. 2946. It was signed by then-Governor General Francis Burton Harrison in 1921.
The 2016 edition of Department of Labor and Employment’s Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits mandates that employees should receive “at least 100% of his/her minimum wage rate even if he/she did not report for work, provided he/she is present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day immediately preceding the (national) holiday.”
Meanwhile, those who report for work on November 30 should get twice their regular rate for every hour of service rendered – a situation described commonly as “double pay.” The handbook can be downloaded in this link (proceed to page 13).
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