DOLE issues holiday pay rules for ‘Undas’ weekend

DOLE issues holiday pay rules for ‘Undas’ weekend
A maintenance worker at the Navotas Public Cemetery tends to apartment-type tombs in preparation for All Souls’ Day, traditionally a time when Filipinos troop to the cemeteries to visit their departed. This year, though, because of the pandemic, the practice was temporarily suspended by the government.

ONLY employees who will report during the long weekend will get additional pay, according to the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE).

In his Labor Advisory No. 29, Series of 2020, Labor and Employment Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III said a “no work, no pay scheme” will be in effect during the commemoration of All Saints’ Day (November 1) and All Souls’ Day (November 2) this year.

This after President Duterte declared both events as a special nonworking holiday under Proclamation 845.

Bello said employees who will be on duty during a special holiday will be entitled to an additional 30 percent of their first eight hours of work.

If they will work overtime, they will get another 30 percent of their hourly rate on the said day.

“For work done during special day that also falls on his/her [worker] rest day, he/she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of his/her basic wage on the first eight hours of work,” Bello explained.

All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day are religious events commemorated by Christians worldwide in honor of the saints and their departed loved ones, respectively.

Here in the Philippines, Filipinos usually spend the holidays going to cemeteries or columbarium to visit graves.

However, because of the novel coronavirus disease pandemic, the practice was temporarily suspended by the government this year, and all cemeteries nationwide are closed for this year.— Source: Samuel Medenilla /


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