As Filipinos get ready for Undas, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) reminded employees that only those who choose to work during the long weekend will get holiday pay, as All Saints’ Day on November 1 and All Souls’ Day on November 2 are both declared special non-working holidays.

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Labor Secretary Silvertro Bello III cited Labor Advisory No. 11-2019 and told news outlets that a “no work, no pay” rule will take effect on November 1 and 2.

“If the employee did not work, 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,” Bello explained. However, companies should also give their employees proper wages if they are asked to report to work on these days.

Employees who choose to go on duty will be paid an additional 30 percent of their basic pay for the first eight hours of work, plus the cost of living allowance (COLA). [(Basic Wage x 130%) + COLA].

If they will render overtime, they will get an additional 30 percent of their hourly rate on the same day. (Hourly rate x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked).

If the special non-working day falls on their rest day and they are asked to go to work, they will also be entitled to 50 percent of their basic wage. [(Basic wage x 150%) + COLA]


An additional 30 percent of their hourly rate shall also be granted if they do overtime. (Hourly rate of the basic wage x 150% x 130% x number of hours worked)

In Proclamation 555, series of 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte declared November 1 and 2 as special nonworking holidays so Filipinos, who are mostly Christian, can commemorate All Saints’ Day by visiting the graves of their departed loved ones.

Planning to buy flowers before you visit your departed loved ones? Click here for a price list at the Dangwa flower market.

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