#WalangPasok – August 31 2023 declared holiday in Zambales
The Philippines will be marking the 116th birth anniversary of the late former President Ramon Magsaysay this August 31, 2023. The day, which this year falls on Thursday, is a special non-working holiday in his home province of Zambales.
This is in accordance with Republic Act 7792, which became law in 1994 during the administration of then-President Fidel V. Ramos. Read the full text of RA 7792 here.
It must be noted though that the law does not cover Olongapo City, which is a highly urbanized city and is administered independently from the province.
Dubbed as the “Champion of the Masses,” Magsaysay served as the country’s seventh President from 1953 to 1957. He was elected via landslide over incumbent President and his erstwhile boss Elpidio Quirino during the 1953 elections.
However, his term came to an abrupt end when Mt. Pinatubo, the plane that was supposed to take him back to Malacañang Palace in Manila after a visit to Cebu, crashed at Mount Manunggal on March 19, 1957.
Pay Rules For Ramon Magsaysay’s Birth Anniversary – August 31, 2023
According to the 2023_edition of Department and Labor and Employment’s (DOLE)_Handbook_on_Workers_Statutory_Monetary_Benefits, the “no work, no pay” principle should be in effect during special non-working holidays like the late President Ramon Magsaysay’s birth anniversary on August 31.
In line with this, workers who are not required or permitted to work on August 31 in Zambales 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 must receive an additional pay of 30% for every hour that they render service.