June 20, 2011 declared a special non working day in commemoration of Rizal’s 150th birthday


In lieu of Sunday, June 19, the 150th birthday of the Philippines’s national hero, Dr. Jose Rizal, will be celebrated on Monday, June 20, 2011 as a special non-working day nationwide.

Labor and Employment Acting Secretary Danilo P. Cruz said the special non-working day had been affirmed by President Benigno S. Aquino III by virtue of Proclamation No. 154 issued on April 26 this year.

The President, in his proclamation, emphasized the special national and historical importance to the Filipino nation of the 150th birth anniversary of Dr. Jose P. Rizal, who was born on 19 June 1861.

Cruz said that Proclamation 154 focused on the need “to give all Filipinos the opportunity to commemorate Rizal’s patriotic deeds and sacrifices for the country, rekindle their admiration and respect for him, and to celebrate this milestone with appropriate ceremonies,” thus affirming the request to the President made by “the National Historical Commission of the Philippines (NHCP) that Monday, June 20, 2011, be declared as special non-working holiday instead of June 19, 2011, which falls on a Sunday.”

In the interest of workers’ welfare and protection, employers in the country’s private sector must observe the appropriate pay rules and core labor standards during the special non-working holiday.

If Monday, June 20, 2011 is worked, an employee is entitled to 130 percent of his daily rate for the first eight hours, and to an additional 30 percent of his hourly rate on the said day for work performed in excess of eight 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 (CBA) granting payment for special days even if not worked;

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

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