The Philippines has a lot of holidays—August 2019 proves that with three walang pasok days. That being said, not everyone chills at home when a holiday is announced, as there are a lot of companies and institutions that require their employees to be on board during these times. If you're one of those magiting workers who always do holiday shifts, then it's important for you to know how much compensation you'll be getting.

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How to compute for pay on regular holidays

Regular holidays in the Philippines include the following:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Araw ng Kagitingan (April 9)
  • Maundy Thursday (April 18)
  • Good Friday (April 19)
  • Labor Day (May 1)
  • Independence Day (June 12)
  • National Heroes Day (August 26)
  • Bonifacio Day (November 30)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)
  • Rizal Day (December 30)
  • Eidul Fitr (date approximated)
  • Eidul Adha (date approximated)

According to a release by the Department of Labor and Employment, anyone working on these days are to get "200 percent of an employee's wage for the first eight hours." Here's how it's computed:

[(Basic Wage + Cost-of-Living Adjustment or COLA) x 200%]

For one earning minimum wage, here's what the calculation will look like:

P537 (inclusive of COLA) x 200% = P1,074

A minimum wage earner will get P1,074 for her shift during a regular holiday.

If an employee does overtime on a regular holiday (which is basically working past the usual eight hours), she will get an additional 30 percent on her hourly rate:

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[(Hourly rate of the basic wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked)] 

An employee who skips holiday work will still be paid her usual daily rate.

How to compute for pay on special or non-working days

Special or non-working days include the following:

  • Chinese New Year (date approximated)
  • EDSA People Power Revolution (February 25)
  • Black Saturday (April 20)
  • Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21)
  • All Saints’ Day (November 1)
  • All Souls' Day (November 2)
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (December 8)
  • Christmas Eve (December 24)
  • Last Day of the Year (December 31)

DOLE explains that employees who work during these days will get an "additional 30 percent" over their basic pay for the first eight hours:

[(Basic Wage x 130%) + COLA]

Those who work overtime on a non-working day will be granted an additional 30 percent to their hourly rate:

[(Hourly Rate of the basic wage x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked)]

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For non-working days, however, the "no work, no pay" rule is enforced unless your company has a different policy.

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