#WalangPasok – August 19 2023 declared holiday in QC, Aurora, and Quezon
The 145th birth anniversary of the late President Manuel L. Quezon will be commemorated this August 19, Saturday. The day has been declared a special non-working holiday in the provinces of Aurora and Quezon as well as in Quezon City in accordance with Republic Act 6741.
August 19 a working holiday in the rest of the Philippines. RA 6741 was enacted in 1989, during the administration of then-President Corazon Aquino. The full text of the said law can be accessed through this link.
Quezon is recognized as the “Father of the National Language” (“Ama ng Wikang Pambansa“) because it was during his term when Tagalog, the language used in Manila and nearby regions, was selected to be the basis of the national language over other local languages in the country.
Quezon is the country’s second president overall, having served from 1935 until his death in 1944. He is also the third longest-serving president in Philippine history, behind Ferdinand Marcos and Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo. He was the first of three presidents that led the country during the Commonwealth years – the other two were Sergio Osmeña and Manuel Roxas.
Pay Rules For Quezon City Day – August 19, 2023
According to 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 Quezon City Day.
This means that workers who are not required or permitted to work on August 19 in Quezon City as well as in the provinces of Aurora and Quezon are not due to receive any compensation unless there is a collective bargaining agreement or a company policy that implements 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.