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Higher take-home pay due to workers on April holidays

 

Cebu City, Philippines. 17-year old Alieza, one of the newest interns of the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE-7) got excited about the holidays for this month – April 9, 18, and 19 that are declared Regular Holidays and April 20, a Special Non-Working Holiday.

Labor Advisory No. 5-19 issued by Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III provides the payment of wages for April 9, Araw ng Kagitingan; April 18, Maundy Thursday; April 19, Good Friday; and April 20, Black Saturday.

Alieza said that if her father, a factory worker in Mandaue City, will be working during said holidays, it would mean additional pay for him, something which, she added, would be a big help for their family needs.

“Happy ko kay naay opportunity karong April nga mapun-an ang sweldo ni papa kay upat man ka holidays ang naa. So, kung dili lang gyud mo-absent siya, madaku-dako gyud ang iyang ma-kobra nga sweldo (I’m so happy for the holidays this month because it would mean that something will be added to the salary of my father. If he’d only be present on those days, he would be paid more than his usual salary),” said Alieza, who intends to pursue Accountancy, Business or Management Courses in College.

However, she said she is also aware that some companies are not paying their workers properly. “Malo-oy ko sa mga workers nga wala sweldohi or bayari ug tarong especially sa holiday pay. Maayo unta kung bayaran lang gyud sila sa insakto (I felt pity for all the workers, who are not paid properly for the work they’ve rendered. I hope they will be paid accordingly),” she said.

DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton said that workers who will be asked to render work on a holiday should be getting a bigger take-home pay.

For the workers, who would be working on April 18 and 19 and those who worked on April 9 – Regular Holidays – they would be paid 200% of their daily wage for the first eight (8) hours. If they did not work on said days, still, they would receive 100% of their daily wage. Director Siaton said that for workers to avail said regular holiday pay, they should be present during the last working day prior to the holiday. If they were not, she added, their leave of absence should be with pay.

For work done in excess of 8 hours or overtime work, she said further, workers should be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on said days.

“There is another computation to be followed for work done during a regular holiday that also falls on the worker’s rest day. In this case, he or she should be paid additional 30% of his or her basic wage of 200%),” explained the DOLE-7 Head.

For work done in excess of 8 hours or overtime work during a regular holiday that also falls on the workers’ rest day, they should be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on said day.

April 20, a Special Non-working holiday, the Director continued, has a different computation. “If a worker is asked to render work on this day, he or she must be paid an additional 30% of his or her basic wage on the first 8 hours of work.” For work done in excess of 8 hours or overtime work, workers must be paid an additional 30% of their daily rate on said day.

For workers who would work on a special non-working holiday, which also falls on their rest day, they must be paid an additional 50% of their daily wage on the first 8 hours of work.

But for work done in excess of 8 hours or overtime work during a special day that also falls on the workers’ rest day, they should be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on said day.

The principle of “No Work, No Pay,” shall apply on a Special Non-Working Holiday unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special non-working day.

The issuance of Labor Advisory No. 5 is pursuant to Proclamation No. 555 issued and signed by the President on 15 August 2018.

 

End//LSenarlo-Taniza

For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel SenarloTaniza, Regional Labor Communication Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at dole_centralvisayas@yahoo.com.

 

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2019-04-15
SALOME O. SIATON
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