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Palace sorry for changing Nov 27-28 holidays

MANILA – The Arroyo administration apologized Monday for declaring the Muslim festival of Eid’l Adha on November 27 and 28 as national holidays and then changing the proclamation to say that the holidays will only be observed in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (ARMM).

Press Secretary Cerge Remonde said President Arroyo amended the proclamation after the country’s manufacturing sector appealed the decision.

“We apologize for those who have been inconvenienced by the change. Trade Secretary [Peter] Favila and the Department of Trade and Industry appealed for the change in behalf of the business community to limit the nonworking holiday to the ARMM because of the number of holidays declared for November plus the fact that we are still recovering from the twin tragedies of Ondoy and Pepeng that hit Metro Manila and Luzon,” Remonde told radio dzMM.

He said production has been severely affected by the recent storms as well as the number of holidays declared in October and November.

Labor Secretary Marianito Roque announced Friday that Proclamation No. 1808-A, signed by President Arroyo on October 26, amended the earlier Proclamation No. 1808, issued earlier on April 21, 2009, which had declared November 28 and 29 this year as national holidays.

He advised the country’s employers that as a result of Proclamation No. 1808-A, the pay rules for regular holidays will not apply during the said dates except in ARMM.

He said there will only be three holidays nationwide this November by virtue of the earlier Presidential Proclamation No. 1699 issued on December 24, 2008. These are:  All Saints Day, which is a special non-working day on November 1; the additional special non-working day on November 2, and the regular holiday in celebration of Bonifacio Day on November 30, 2009.

Roque reiterated to employers in the country’s private sector the pay rules that must be observed during the said nationwide holidays, as follows:

1) For the special non-working days on November 1 (All Saints Day) and 2, 2009:

a) If worked, an employee is entitled to 130% of his [or her] daily rate for the first 8 hours, and to an additional 30% of his or her hourly rate on the said day for work performed in excess of 8 hours;

b) If unworked, he or she 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;

c) If worked and falling on the employee’s rest day, the employee is entitled for the first 8 hours to 150% of his or her regular daily rate, and for work performed in excess of 8 hours, plus 30% of his or her hourly rate on the said day.

2) For the regular holiday on November 30, 2009 (Bonifacio Day):

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

– If worked, [the employee] is entitled to 200% of his [or her] basic wage for the first eight (8) hours and, for work in excess of the 8 hours, to an additional 30% of his or her hourly rate on the said day;

– If unworked, the employee is entitled to 100% 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.

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

– If worked, the employee is entitled, for the first 8 hours, to 200% of his or her daily rate plus 30% and, for work in excess of 8 hours, plus 30% of his or her hourly rate on the said day;

– If unworked, the employee is entitled to 100% 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) Where the day immediately preceding the holiday is a non-work day in the establishment or the scheduled rest day of the employee, he or she shall not be deemed on leave of absence on that day, in which case he or she shall be entitled to the holiday pay.

 

Source: ABS-CBN through Yahoo News

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