#WalangPasok – April 9 2024 declared holiday for Araw ng Kagitingan

#WalangPasok – April 9 2024 declared holiday for Araw ng Kagitingan

The country will be observing the 82nd anniversary of the Fall of Bataan this coming April 9, Tuesday.

The day, known locally as “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor) is a legal holiday nationwide as stipulated in Republic Act 3022 which President Carlos P. Garcia signed in 1961. This is also affirmed in President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s Proclamation 368, which listed the official holidays nationwide for 2024.

The Fall of Bataan happened in April 9, 1942, when Filipino and American fighters isolated for months in Bataan surrendered to the Japanese Imperial Army under General Masaharu Homma.

This came after Major General Edward P. King of the United States Armed Forces in the Far East (USAFFE) came to the conclusion that further attempts to stop the Japanese from advancing will be useless. Most of the survivors of the Japanese offensive were then forced to  march from Mariveles, Bataan all the way to San Fernando, Pampanga before traveling via bpx train to Camp O’Donnell in Tarlac.


According to pay rules set by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), employees covered by the holiday pay rule are entitled to receive 100% of their regular daily wage rate even if they do not report for work on regular holidays like this year’s Day of Valor (Araw ng Kagitingan). This daily wage rate is the sum of a worker’s daily basic wage and cost of living allowance.

Meanwhile, those who will report for work on 9 April 2024 are entitled to get at least twice or 200% of their daily wage rate, which is more commonly referred to as “double pay.” Click here to download the 2022_DOLE_Handbook_on_Workers_Statutory_Monetary_Benefits.

However, it must be emphasized that workers can only get this holiday pay if they are present or at least have filed a leave of absence with pay on their work day immediately preceding this regular holiday which is 8 April 2024, Monday.


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