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Bonanza for those who’ll work

By Veronica Uy, Joel Guinto
INQUIRER.net
First Posted 14:35:00 03/19/2008

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE) President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo has signed Proclamation 1471 declaring March 22, Black Saturday, a “special non-working day,” Executive Secretary Eduardo Ermita said.

Ermita added that it was up to government offices to declare whether or not to call of work on Wednesday afternoon to give employees time to travel to the provinces for the Holy Week.

However, Ermita said appropriate government offices were required to maintain a “skeletal force” during the long holiday.

For those working through the Holy Week holiday from Maundy Thursday, to Easter Sunday, it will be a windfall.

Acting Labor chief Marianito Roque on Wednesday issued the pay guidelines for the long holiday, saying the proclamation would allow Filipinos to observe “the cherished tradition” of Holy Week continuously from Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday.

Maundy Thursday and Good Friday are regular holidays.

Roque said the following pay guidelines apply:

* For Maundy Thursday (March 20) and Good Friday (March 21), the regular holiday pay applies. Workers should be paid 100 percent of their regular salary for that day if it is the workers’ regular workday and the day is un-worked.

If worked, 200 percent shall apply for the first eight hours, and in excess of eight hours, an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate on the said day.

If the day falls on an employee’s rest day and is un-worked, 100 percent shall apply but if worked, an additional 30 percent of 200 percent shall apply, and in excess of eight hours, an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate on said day.

* For Black Saturday (March 22), a special non-working holiday, the “no work, no pay” policy applies if the day is un-worked, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day even if the day is un-worked.

If worked, an additional 30 percent of the employee’s daily rate shall apply on the first eight hours of work, and in excess of eight hours, there will be an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate on said day.

If the day falls on the employee’s rest day and is worked, an additional 50 percent of the daily rate shall apply on the first eight hours of work, and in excess of eight hours, plus 30 percent of the hourly rate.

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