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    LIST: Regular, special non-working holidays in the Philippines 2023

    MANILA, Philippines – Plan your vacations ahead!

    The Malacañang Palace on Tuesday, August 23 released the official list of regular holidays and special non-working days for 2023.

    LIST: Regular, special non-working holidays in the Philippines 2023

    President Ferdinand 'Bongbong' Marcos Jr. through Executive Secretary Vic Rodriguez signed Proclamation No. 42, to declare 10 regular, 7 special non-working holidays.

    Under the proclamation, All Souls' Day (November 2) and the last day of the year (December 31) were reverted as special non-working days.

    FULL LIST OF HOLIDAYS IN THE PHILIPPINES FOR 2023

    REGULAR HOLIDAYS
    • New Year’s Day – January 1 (Sunday)
    • Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9 (Sunday)
    • Maundy Thursday – April 6
    • Good Friday – April 7
    • Labor Day – May 1 (Monday)
    • Independence Day – June 12 (Monday)
    • National Heroes Day – August 28 (Last Monday of August)
    • Bonifacio Day – November 30 (Thursday)
    • Christmas Day – December 25 (Monday)
    • Rizal Day – December 30 (Saturday)

    SPECIAL (NON-WORKING) DAYS
    • EDSA People Power anniversary – February 25 (Saturday)
    • Black Saturday – April 8
    • Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21 (Monday)
    • All Saints’ Day – November 1 (Wednesday)
    • Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary – December 8 (Friday)
    • Last Day of the Year – December 31 (Sunday)
    • Additional Special (Non-working) Day – November 2 (Thursday)

    Proclamation 42 highlights the need to commemorate the 37th anniversary of the EDSA People Power Revolution "which ushered political, social and economic reforms in the country.”

    The proclamation also states that Black Saturday, which falls on April 8, 2023, has been traditionally declared as a special non-working day in the entire country, in observance of Holy Week which is "one of the most cherished traditions of our predominantly Catholic people.”

    It added that by virtue of Republic Act (RA) 10966, December 8 of every year must be celebrated as a special non-working holiday nationwide to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.

    August 21 of every year must also be declared as national non-working holiday to commemorate the death anniversary of former Senator Benigno S. Aquino Jr., according to the proclamation.

    November 2, which was declared special working day in 2022, has been declared as an additional special non-working day in 2023 to "strengthen family ties by providing more time for the traditional All Saints' Day, All Souls' Day activities, as well as promote domestic tourism."

    The proclamation declaring national holidays for the observance of Eidul Fitr and Eidul Adha, two major feasts of Islam, will be issued after the dates of the Islamic holidays have been determined in accordance with the Islamic calendar (Hijra).

    "The National Commission on Muslim Filipinos (NCMF) shall inform the Office of the President of the actual dates on which these holidays shall respectively fall,” the proclamation stated.

    Here's copy of Proclamation No. 42: Declaring the regular holidays and special (non-working) days for the year 2023

    Proclamation 42 Holidays 2023



    DOLE pay rules

    Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) will advise the employers to observe the following formula in the computation of wages:

    Regular holidays

    Employees who did not work on regular holidays shall be paid 100 percent of their salary ([Basic wage + COLA] x 100 percent)], while those who worked shall be paid 200 percent of their regular salary for the first eight hours ([Basic wage + COLA] x 200 percent).

    Further, if the employees worked overtime (work done in excess of eight hours), they shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate (hourly rate of the basic wage x 200 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).

    Moreover, those who worked on a regular holiday that also fell on their rest day shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their basic wage of 200 percent [(Basic wage + COLA) x 200 percent] + [30 percent (Basic wage x 200 percent)].

    Workers who rendered overtime work on a regular holiday that also fell on their rest day shall be paid an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on said day (hourly rate of the basic wage x 200 percent x 130 percent x 130 percent x number of hours worked).

    Special non-working holiday

    If the employee did not work, the “no work, no pay” policy shall apply unless there is another company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on special days.

    For work done during the special non-working holiday, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(basic wage x 130%) + COLA].

    For work done in excess of eight hours (overtime work), he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on the said day [hourly rate of the basic daily wage x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked].

    If an employee works on a special holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 50% of his/her daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(basic wage x 150%) + COLA].

    For overtime work on a special holiday that also falls on his/her rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30% of his/her hourly rate on the said day [Hourly rate of the basic wage x 150% x 130% x number of hours worked].

    Marcos ordered the DOLE to publicize the implementing guidelines for the proclamation.

    — The Summit Express

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