June 20 a special non-working holiday

Posted at 06/17/11 10:01 PM

MANILA, Philippines - June 20, Monday, is a special non-working day nationwide, the labor department reiterated on Friday.

The holiday will be observed in lieu of Sunday, June 19, which marks the 150th birthday of national hero Dr. Jose Rizal, Labor and Employment Acting Secretary Danilo Cruz said in a press statement.

He added that President Benigno Aquino III declared June 20 as a special non-working day through Proclamation No. 154 issued last April 26.

Cruz said employers in the private sector must follow pay rules and labor standards during the special non-working holiday.

He said that if an employee goes to work on June 20, he is entitled to 130% of his daily rate for the first 8 hours, and to an additional 30% of his hourly rate on the said day for work performed in excess of 8 hours.

If unworked, the worker or employee is not entitled to any payment, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement granting payment for special days that are not worked, he added.

If Monday is worked and it falls on the employee's rest day, the employee is entitled for the first 8 hours to 150% of his or her regular daily rate, and for work performed in excess of 8 hours, plus 30% of his or her hourly rate on the said day.

He said questions regarding the issue can be sent to the DOLE via its call center at Hotline 2917 on Globe or TM mobile phones, 908-2917 on fixed-line phones, or through text at 2910.