#WalangPasok – December 11 2023 declared holiday in Pampanga
(UPDATED, DECEMBER 7 2023)
The province of Pampanga will be celebrating its 452nd foundation anniversary this December 11. Also known as “Aldo Ning Kapampangan” or Pampanga Day, the day is a special non-working holiday in the said province as stipulated in the late former President Ferdinand Marcos, Sr.’s Proclamation 2226.
It is important to emphasize that Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda of Pampanga reiterated through a post in his Facebook page last December 7.
Marcos signed the proclamation in July 1982. Since the holiday this year falls on a Monday, it will effectively give Kapampangans a four-day weekend since December 8 is also a holiday in connection with the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
In his proclamation, Marcos explained that the holiday declaration aims to “preserve, maintain, and hand down to prosperity the beauty and richness of Pampango culture, the heritage, as well as its arts and literature, and to honor with a fitting ceremony the illustrious Kapampangans who have distinguished themselves in different areas of endeavor.”
Marcos further emphasized that the proclamation will be in effect not only in the year 1982 but for succeeding years as well. It is worth pointing out that none of the former president’s successors appears to have made any attempt to revoke or rescind this proclamation.
Pay Rules For Araw ng Pampanga – December 11, 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 this year’s Araw ng Pampanga.
In line with this, workers who are not required or permitted to work on December 11 in Pampanga are not entitled 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.