Holy Wednesday, March 27 2024, is NOT a holiday in the Philippines

Holy Wednesday, March 27 2024, is NOT a holiday in the Philippines

With just a month to go before the country observes the Holy Week, many are asking if 27 March 2024 is a holiday. If yes, that will give Filipinos a rare five-day break which also includes Maundy Thursday (March 28), Good Friday (March 29), Black Saturday (March 30), and Easter Sunday (March 31).

However, according to President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s Proclamation 368 which he signed last October 2023, March 27 is not included in the official list of holidays for 2024. In other words, Holy Wednesday is a regular working day this year.

While work in government offices and selected private companies are expected to be suspended by noon of March 27, employees may still have to report for work on the said day.

The 2022_DOLE_Handbook_on_Workers_Statutory_Monetary_Benefits mandates that in cases of back-to-back holidays like Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, “an employee may not be paid for both holidays if he/she absents himself/herself from work on the day immediately preceding the first holiday.”

Hence, those who will not report for work on March 27 may end up not being paid for the March 28 and 29 regular holidays unless they are on leave of absence with pay. The above cited 2022 DOLE handbook can be downloaded here.


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