#WalangPasok – May 9 2022 to be declared a national holiday
(UPDATED, MAY 6 2022)
Around 67 million Filipinos are qualified to vote in the coming May 9, 2022 national and local elections.
To maximize voter turnout, President Rodrigo Duterte declared the said day a special non-working holiday all over the Philippines through Proclamation 1357. The 1987 Constitution requires that elections be held by the second Monday of May during election years.
Presidents typically declare election day as a non-working day. Three years ago, Duterte issued Proclamation 719 declaring May 13, 2019, the date of the midterm elections, as a special non-working holiday to “enable the Filipino people to properly exercise their right to vote.”
Not declaring election day as a holiday may seriously lower voters’ turnout since the Philippines currently does not allow early voting unlike in the United States.
Pay Rules For Election Day – May 9, 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 this upcoming Election Day holiday.
This means that workers who are not required or permitted to work on May 9, 2022 are not entitled to any compensation unless there is a collective bargaining agreement or a company policy that provides for that.