Araw ng Kagitingan: Know the pay rules

Today, April 9 is Araw ng Kagitingan, a nationwide holiday in the Philippines which commemorates the valor and heroism of Filipino soldiers and veterans in Bataan and Corregidor during World War II.

Araw ng Kagitingan is a regular non-working holiday for workers of both public and private sector. Just in case you are required to perform your duty today, it's best to get informed of the pay rules.

Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) secretary Rosalinda Baldoz on Friday called on employers to comply with “core labor standards for workers on this regular holiday day.”

Baldoz said the pay rules to be observed on April 9, 2011, Araw ng Kagitingan, are as follows:

a) If the holiday falls on an employee’s regular workday:

If April 9, 2011 is worked, the employee is entitled to 200 percent of his basic wage on the first eight hours and, for work in excess of the eight hours, to an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on the said day. But, if unworked, the employee is entitled to 100 percent of the regular daily rate, provided he or she was present, or was on leave with pay, on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.

b) If the day is the employee’s rest day:

If the day is worked, the employee is entitled, on the first eight hours, to 200 percent of his or her daily rate plus 30 percent and, for work in excess of eight hours, plus 30 percent of his or her hourly rate on said day. But, if unworked, the employee is entitled to 100 percent of his or her regular daily rate, provided he or she was present, or was on leave with pay, on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.

c) In case the day immediately preceding the holiday is a non-work day in the establishment, or is the scheduled rest day of the employee, the employee shall not be deemed on leave of absence on that day, in which case he or she shall be entitled to the holiday pay.