August 18 2023 declared holiday in Davao City for ‘Kadayawan Festival’

August 18 2023 declared holiday in Davao City for ‘Kadayawan Festival’

Residents of Davao City will be celebrating their 38th annual Kadayawan Festival this August 18, Friday.

The day has been declared as a special non-working holiday in Davao City through President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s Proclamation 307. The full text of Proclamation 307 can be accessed here. Since August 18 falls on a Friday, most Davaoeños will get to enjoy a four-day weekend given that August 21 is a national holiday because of Ninoy Aquino Day.

Davao City’s Kadayawan Festival is undoubtedly one of the most popular festivals nationwide, together with the likes of Baguio City’s Panagbenga Festival, Bacolod City’s Masskara Festival, and Cebu City’s Sinulog Festival. In the past, thousands of tourists from around the country and other nations flocked to Davao City for this yearly event.

According to a report posted by the Philippine Information Agency, the present-day Kadayawan Festival was first celebrated in 1986 as Apo Duwaling Festival. The name represents the city’s three icons: Mt Apo, Durian, and the Waling-Waling orchid.  It was renamed in 1988 during the term of then-Davao City Mayor and future President Rodrigo Duterte.

Pay Rules For Kadayawan Festival holiday  – August 18, 2023

As mentioned in the 2022_DOLE_Handbook_on_Workers_Statutory_Monetary_Benefits, the “no work, no pay” principle should be in effect during special non-working holidays like the Kadayawan Festival.

This means that workers who are not required or permitted to work on August 18 in Davao City are not due to receive any compensation unless there is a collective bargaining agreement or a company policy that implements that.

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