#WalangPasok – March 18 2022 declared holiday in Panay provinces, Romblon
The provinces of Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Iloilo will be commemorating the 77th anniversary of the liberation of Panay Island from Japanese occupation this March 18, Friday.
The day has been declared as a special non-working holiday in the aforementioned provinces as well as in Romblon, Iloilo City, and Roxas City. This is mandated in the late former President Corazon Aquino’s Proclamation 430, which she signed in 1989. It is worth pointing out that even though Proclamation 430 is not a law, Aquino emphasized in her holiday proclamation that it covers March 18 of every year.
“March 18, 1945, is of great historical and sentimental significance to both the veterans of the 6th Military District and the people of Panay and Romblon because it was the day when the Free Panay Guerilla Forces launched the final assault on the Japanese Occupation Forces coinciding with the landing of the American Liberation Forces at the Tigbauan beach as prearranged between Col. Macario Peralta, Jr., founder and overall commander of the Free Panay Guerilla Forces and Lt. General Robert L. Eichelberger, Commanding General of the 8th United States Army,” Aquino mentioned.
Pay Rules For Panay Liberation Day 2022 – March 18, 2022
According to the 2020 DOLE handbook on workers statutory monetary benefits, the “no work, no pay” principle applies during special non-working holidays like the annual celebration of the Cebu City Charter Day.
This means that workers who are not required or permitted to work on March 18, 2022 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.