#WalangPasok – December 18 2023 declared a holiday in Iloilo

#WalangPasok – December 18 2023 declared a holiday in Iloilo

The nation will be marking the 167th birth anniversary of legendary writer and revolutionary propagandist Graciano Lopez-Jaena this December 18.

The day is a special non-working holiday in the province of Iloilo, including Iloilo City, as stipulated in Republic Act 6155 which was signed in 1970 by then-President Ferdinand Marcos. The holiday will give Ilonggos a three-day weekend since it falls on Monday this year.

December 18 is also a special public working holiday nationwide by virtue of Republic Act 9070, and was enacted during the time of former President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo in 2001. Read the final version of RA 9070 in this link.

Born in 1856 in the town of Jaro, Iloilo, Lopez-Jaena is part of the triumvirate that initiated the Propaganda Movement, alongside national hero Jose Rizal and journalist Marcelo H. Del Pilar.

Also known for his unmatched rhetorical skill, Lopez-Jaena served as the first editor-in-chief of La Solidaridad, which is the official newspaper of the reform movement. He used the pen name “Diego Laura.”

Pay Rules For Graciano Lopez Jaena Day – December 18, 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 celebration of Graciano Lopez Jaena’s birth anniversary.

In line with this, workers who are not required or permitted to work on December 18 in Iloilo 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.


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