#WalangPasok – September 13 2023 declared holiday in Cordillera Region

#WalangPasok – September 13 2023 declared holiday in Cordillera Region

The Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) will be celebrating the 37th anniversary of “Sipat,” or the cessation of hostilities between the Philippine government and the erstwhile separatist groups Cordillera Bodong Administration and the Cordillera People’s Liberation Army this coming 13 September 2023.

The day is a special non-working holiday in all provinces under the Cordillera Administrative Region including Baguio City as mandated by President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr’s Proclamation 324, which Executive Secretary Lucas Bersamin signed on his behalf last June 5. The full text of the proclamation can be downloaded here.

There are six provinces under CAR: Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, and Mt. Province plus the chartered city of Baguio. The region was created in compliance with Executive Order 220, which was signed by then-President Corazon Aquino on July 15, 1987.


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 this year’s celebration of the Sipat Anniversary in the Cordilleras.

This means that workers who are not required or permitted to work in Cordillera Administrative Region on 13 September 2023 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.

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