September 2 2021 declared holiday in Albay for ‘Simeon Ola Day’
The province of Albay will have a special non-working holiday next week as the province celebrates the 156th anniversary of the late freedom fighter Simeon Ola. This is stipulated in Republic Act 11136 which was signed into law in 2018 by President Rodrigo Duterte.
RA 11136 explained that Ola’s life, service and bravery needs recognition because he is the last Filipino army general who surrendered to the American forces during the Philippine-American war. The full text of RA 11136 can be accessed here.
According to the 2020 DOLE handbook on workers statutory monetary benefits, the “no work, no pay” principle applies during special non-working holidays. Meaning, workers who are not required or permitted to work on special non-working days are not entitled to any compensation unless there is a collective bargaining agreement or a company policy that provides for that.
The handbook likewise highlighted that employees who work during special non-working days are entitled to receive an additional pay of 30% for every hour that they render service.