#MayPasok – October 31 2023 is NOT a holiday
Despite being sandwiched between the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Election Day (October 30) and All Saints’ Day (Wednesday), 31 October 2023, Tuesday, is a regular working day. It is not listed as a holiday according to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s Proclamation #42.
The Department of Education has previously announced the suspension of face-to-face classes and the utilization of blended learning modalities in all public elementary and high schools for October 31 and November 3.
Recently, various popular social media pages including that of major media organizations such as ABS-CBN and The Philippine Star have been urging their followers tongue-in-cheek to file a leave for October 31 and November 3. However, Filipino workers should be cautious in following this “advice.”
According to the 2023_edition of Department and Labor and Employment’s (DOLE)_Handbook_on_Workers_Statutory_Monetary_Benefits, employees will only be able to receive their holiday pay if they are present or is on leave of absence with pay on the work day immediately preceding the holiday. In other words, workers should make sure that they file the necessary paperwork to be on leave with pay for October 31 to avoid possible complications as regards securing holiday pay for November 1 and 2.