The whole nation joins Muslims from all over the world in celebrating
the end of the holy month of Ramadhan as Malacanang declared August 9,
2013 a regular holiday.
Proclamation No. 629 series, signed by President Benigno Aquino III
Thursday, named Eid’l Fitr (Feast of Ramadhan) “a regular holiday
throughout the country.”
“Eid’l Fitr is celebrated by the
Muslim World for three days after the end of the month of fasting,” the
document, posted on the Official Gazette, said.
August 9 has
been declared a holiday in the predominantly Catholic country to
“promote cultural understanding and integration,” the Palace said.
Aside from Eid’l Fitr, there are two other holidays in August this year under Proclamation No. 459 released Sept. 1, 2012.
Ninoy Aquino Day, August 21 (Wednesday), is a special (non-working)
holiday. August 26, the last Monday of August, is meanwhile National
Heroes Day, a regular holiday.
Under the Labor department’s pay
rules, employees not working on regular holidays are still entitled to
100 percent of their regular daily rate.
“Provided that they
[were] present, or [were] on leave with pay on the workday immediately
preceding the holiday,” the Labor department said.
who work on a regular holiday that also fall on their rest days,
meanwhile, will be entitled to 200 percent of the daily rate for the
first eight hours and an additional 30 percent for additional hours.
On special non-working days, the following shall apply:
“a. If the day is unworked, the ‘no work, no pay’ principle shall apply
unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective
bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day even if the
day is unworked.
b. If worked, the employee shall be paid an
additional 30 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent on the first
eight hours of work. In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be paid an
additional 30 percent of the hourly rate on said day.
c. If the
day falls on the employee’s rest day and is worked, he/she shall be
paid an additional 50 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent on the
first eight hours of work. In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be
paid an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate.”