The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) yesterday clarified that February 25 (Friday), 2011 is neither a regular nor a special holiday for workplaces nationwide.
Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz said that based on Proclamation No. 84 dated December 20, 2010, President Benigno S. Aquino III declared the day, which commemorates the 25th Anniversary of the historic EDSA Revolution, as a special holiday only for all of the nation’s schools.
Baldoz said this in response to queries of workers regarding the day. “It’s not necessary to issue an advisory on the pay rules to the country’s workers as February 25 remains a regular working day nationwide consistent with the practice of the previous years.”
The labor and employment chief, nonetheless, encouraged all sectors, including the DOLE’s tripartite partners, to share in the spirit of the momentous occasion.
Baldoz noted that the President, in his Proclamation, cited that “the EDSA People Power Revolution, which restored and ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country, serves as an inspiration to Filipinos everywhere as a nation and as a people.”
For its part, the public sector will actively participate in the historic activities commemorating the event on the theme, “EDSA 25: Pilipino Ako, Ako Ang Lakas ng Pagbabago,” based on the official Memorandum Circular No. 13 issued by Executive Secretary Paquito N. Ochoa, Jr. on February 4, 2011.