Holy Wednesday, 13 April 2022, is NOT a holiday in the Philippines.

Holy Wednesday, 13 April 2022, is NOT a holiday in the Philippines.

Is April 13, Holy Wednesday, a holiday?

With just two weeks to go before the country observes the Holy Week, many are asking if April 13, 2022 is a holiday. If yes, that will give Filipinos a rare five-day break which also includes Maundy Thursday (April 14), Good Friday (April 15), Black Saturday (April 16), and Easter Sunday (April 17).

However, according to President Rodrigo Duterte’s Proclamation 1236 which he signed last October 2021, April 13 is not included in the official list of holidays for 2022. In other words, Holy Wednesday is a regular working day.

While work in government offices and selected private companies are expected to be suspended by noon of April 13, employees may still have to report for work on the said day.

The 2022_DOLE_Handbook_on_Workers_Statutory_Monetary_Benefits mandates that in cases of back-to-back holidays like Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, “an employee may not be paid for both holidays if he/she absents himself/herself from work on the day immediately preceding the first holiday.”

Hence, those who will not report for work on April 13 may end up not being paid for the April 14 and April 15 regular holidays unless they are on leave of absence with pay. The above cited 2022 DOLE handbook can be downloaded here.

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