Malacañang calls Eid’l Fitr no-work day

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014


THERE are no classes for students in all levels and no work for most employees in the public and private sectors on July 29.

This, as President Benigno Aquino III declared the observance of Eid'l Fitr or Feast of Ramadhan a regular holiday throughout the country.

In Proclamation 826, Aquino said it is necessary to declare the feast a holiday to “promote cultural understanding and integration” and “bring the religious and cultural significance of the Eid'l Fitr to the fore of national consciousness.”

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Republic Act 9177 declares Eid'l Fitr, the end of the 30-day fasting period of Ramadhan, a national holiday.

According to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE), an employee shall be paid 100 percent of his/her salary for that day if he/she does not work.

Additional pay

If an employee is called to work during a regular holiday, he/she will receive 200 percent for the first eight hours. The cost of living allowance is also included in the computation.

If the employee works more than eight hours, he/she “shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.”

DOLE said the employee receives “an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate of 200 percent” if he works during a regular holiday that “falls on his/her rest day.”

The employee is also entitled to “an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day if he/she works over eight hours during a regular holiday that also falls on his/her rest day.”

Holidays

The other regular holidays in the Philippines are New Year's Day, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Araw ng Kagitingan on April 9, Labor Day on May 1, Independence Day on June 12, National Heroes Day on Aug. 25, Bonifacio Day on Nov. 30, Christmas Day on Dec. 25, and Rizal Day on Dec. 30.

Special non-working holidays include Ninoy Aquino Day on Aug. 21, All Saints Day on Nov. 1, Christmas Eve on Dec. 24, Dec. 26 and New Year's Day Eve.

DOLE states that the “no work, no pay” policy applies during special non-working holidays.

But the agency said an employee shall be "paid an additional 30 percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work" if she works during a special non-working holiday.

The employee also receives an "additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate" if he/she works more than eight hours.

If the employee works during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, DOLE said “he/she shall be paid an additional fifty percent of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work” and if the employee “works over eight hours during a special day that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his/her hourly rate on said day.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 15, 2014.

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