All Filipino workers have a day off on May 1, 2012 which the law mandates as a regular holiday in commemoration of Labor Day, Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda D. Baldoz said yesterday.
President Benigno S. Aquino III had affirmed May 1, 2012, a Tuesday, as a regular holiday all over the country by virtue of Proclamation No. 295 he issued on 24 November 2011 “Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working Days), and Special Holiday (for all Schools) for the year 2012”.
Baldoz said this year’s Labor Day celebration is the 110th in Philippine history and is being commemorated in honor of all Filipino workers on the theme, “Pagtutulungan. Pagbabago. Disenteng Trabaho.”
Thus, Baldoz urged all employers in the country’s private sector to bear at heart the welfare and protection of workers by observing the pay rules and other general labor standards for the regular holiday.
The correct pay rules to observe are as follows:
• If the holiday falls on an employee’s regular workday
If the day is worked, the employee is entitled to 200 percent of his basic wage on the first eight (8) hours and, for work in excess of eight hours, to an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on the said day. If un-worked, the employee is entitled to 100 percent of the regular daily rate, provided he was present, or was on leave with pay, on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.
• If the day is the employee’s rest day
If the day is the employee’s rest day and the day is worked, he is entitled to 260 percent of his daily rate on the first eight (8) hours, plus 30 percent for work in excess of eight hours on the said day. If un-worked, the employee is entitled to only 100 percent of his regular rate, provided he was present, or was on leave with pay, on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.
Finally, in case the day immediately preceding the holiday is a non-work day in the establishment, or is the scheduled rest day of the employee, the employee shall not be deemed on leave of absence on that day, in which case he or she shall be entitled to the regular holiday pay.
Any question on this release? Get in touch with the DOLE Call Center at tel. no. 527-8000; Hotline 2917 through your Globe or TM mobile phones; 908-2917 through your fixed-line phones for free; or text (SMS) 2910. You may also call the nearest DOLE regional office in your region (tel. no. (082) 227-4289 for the DOLE-Davao Region), or the Bureau of Working Conditions at trunk line 527-3000, local 302.