#WalangPasok – August 21 2022 is Ninoy Aquino Day

#WalangPasok – August 21 2022 is Ninoy Aquino Day

Filipinos will commemorate the 39th death anniversary of former Senator and late Martial Law-era opposition leader Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. this August 21, 2022.

Ninoy Aquino Day is a special non-working holiday nationwide as stipulated in Republic Act (RA) 9256, which then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed in 2004. The full text of RA 9256 can be accessed through this link. The holiday this year falls on a Sunday.

President Rodrigo Duterte mentioned RA 9256 in Proclamation 1236, which listed the official list of regular and special non-working holidays nationwide for 2022.

This year’s commemoration is more interesting than usual given that the only son and namesake of Aquino’s archrival, the late dictator Ferdinand Marcos Sr., is now the President of the Philippines.

Ever since the younger Marcos won the presidency back in May, some have speculated that Ninoy Aquino’s death anniversary may soon no longer be declared a holiday.

However, the fact of the matter is that although this is theoretically possible, Congress has to pass a law that will expressly reverse RA 9256. Will Marcos’ allies actually go there?

Pay Rules for 21 August 2022 – Ninoy Aquino Day 

According to the 2022_DOLE_Handbook_on_Workers_Statutory_Monetary_Benefits, the “no work, no pay” principle will be in effect on Ninoy Aquino Day because it is a special non-working holiday.

In other words, workers who are not required or permitted to work on August 21, 2022 are not entitled to any compensation unless there is a collective bargaining agreement or a company policy that provides for that.

Meanwhile, the handbook mentions that employees who will work during special non-working days including employees in business process outsourcing companies are entitled to receive an additional pay of 30% for every hour that they render service.


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