LONG WEEKEND: August 21 2023 Philippine holiday – Ninoy Aquino day

LONG WEEKEND: August 21 2023 Philippine holiday – Ninoy Aquino day

The country will commemorate the 40th death anniversary of democracy icon and former Senator Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr. this 21 August 2023. Because it falls on a Monday this year, the holiday will give Filipinos a three-day weekend.

Ninoy Aquino Day is a special non-working holiday throughout the Philippines according to Republic Act (RA) 9256, which then-President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo signed in 2004.

It is also listed in President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s Proclamation #42 which enumerated the national and special non-working holidays for 2023. Click here to read The Filipino Scribe‘s report about it.

With only four remaining in 2022, Malacañang has already published the official list of national holidays for the year 2023. President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. made the announcement through Proclamation 42, which he signed last August 2022.

Pay Rules for 21 August 2023 – 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, 2023 anywhere in the country 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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