September 20 2023 declared holiday in Ilocos Norte – #WalangPasok

September 20 2023 declared holiday in Ilocos Norte – #WalangPasok

The Philippines will be commemorating the 125th birth anniversary of Josefa Llanes Escoda, the late World War II hero and founder of the Girl Scouts of the Philippines this coming September 20, Wednesday.

President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr. has declared September 20, 2023 as a special non-working holiday in Ilocos Norte, Llanes-Escoda’s home province, by virtue of Proclamation 316.

Born in 1898 in the municipality of Dingras, Ilocos Norte, Llanes-Escoda earned a teaching degree from the Philippine Normal College (now a university) and her master’s degree in Sociology from the Columbia University in the United States. She became part of the women’s suffrage movement during the 1930s.

During the Japanese occupation, Llanes-Escoda and her husband Antonio became part of the resistance efforts against the invaders. They played a role in connecting imprisoned prisoners of war (POWs) with their families, as well as in clandestinely passing food, clothing, money, medicine, and information. She is believed to have been executed by the Japanese in Manila circa January 1945.

Llanes-Escoda together with two of her fellow World War II heroes, the late Chief Justice Jose Abad Santos and the late military leader Vicente Lim, are memorialized in the P1,000 bank note although their images have been removed in the polymer version of the bill released last 2022 and was subsequently replaced with that of the Philippine eagle.

Pay Rules For Josefa Llanes Escoda day holiday – September 20, 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 Josefa Llanes Escoda’s birth anniversary holiday.

This means that workers who are not required or permitted to work in Ilocos Norte on September 20 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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