Maximize Your Time Off: Regular Holidays and Pay Guidelines in the Philippines (2024)

John Cruz
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March 25, 2024
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The Philippines gears up for a long weekend! With two upcoming regular holidays and a special non-working day, it's the perfect time to unwind and recharge. But before you finalize your plans, let's ensure you have all the information to maximize your time off, including your pay entitlements.

Understanding the Holidays:

  • March 28 & 29 (Regular Holidays): President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. declared these days regular holidays through Proclamation No. 368, Series of 2023. 
  • March 30 (Black Saturday - Special Non-Working Day): Designated as such by the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) through Labor Advisory No. 2, Series of 2024.

Know Your Pay Rights:

Understanding these pay guidelines is crucial to ensure fair compensation during the holidays:

Regular Holidays (March 28 & 29):

  • No Work, Get Paid: Employees who were present at work or on paid leave on the day before the holiday are entitled to 100% regular pay, even if they don't work on the holiday itself.
  • Work on the Holiday: You earn double pay (200% of your regular wage) for the first eight hours worked.

Black Saturday (March 30):

  • No Work, No Pay: The "no work, no pay" principle generally applies unless your company has a specific policy granting pay for special non-working days.
  • Work on Black Saturday: If required to work, you'll receive an additional 30% on top of your regular pay for the first eight hours worked.

For a more comprehensive understanding of pay procedures and compliance, refer to the DOLE Labor Advisory [link to DOLE Labor Advisory].

Planning Your Long Weekend:

With a long weekend ahead, the possibilities are endless! Whether you choose to:

  • Relax at home
  • Explore new destinations
  • Reconnect with loved ones

Make sure you're aware of your pay rights to ensure a stress-free and enjoyable break. Take advantage of this opportunity to rejuvenate and create lasting memories.

Happy Holidays!