#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for March 22 2024

#WalangPasok – Class suspensions for March 22 2024

Various parts of the Philippines will be having a special non-working holiday this March 22 as stipulated in recently-released proclamations from President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.

As previously reported by The Filipino Scribe, March 22 is a special non-working holiday in the province of Cavite to commemorate the 155th birth anniversary of General Emilio Aguinaldo, officially recognized as the country’s first president. This is according to Marcos’ Proclamation 492.

Meanwhile, March 22 is also the 161st birth anniversary of Mariano Ponce, one of the leading figures of the reform movement during the final decades of Spanish colonization of the Philippines. Marcos has declared March 22 as a special non-working holiday in Ponce’s hometown Baliwag City, Bulacan through Proclamation 491.

Lastly, March 22 has also been declared a special non-working holiday in the municipality of Mambusao, Capiz through Proclamation 490 in connection with its foundation anniversary. Marcos’ declarations will give residents of these areas a three-day weekend because March 22 falls on a Friday this year.

Pay Rules for Special Non-Working Holidays

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.

This means that workers who are not required or permitted to work during special non-working holidays are not due 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 are entitled to receive an additional pay of 30% for every hour that they render service.

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