All Souls’ Day (Nov. 2), Christmas Eve (Dec. 24) and New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31) are no longer holidays this year; instead, they have been declared “special working days” by Malacañang Palace.
“For the country to recover from the adverse economic impact of the Covid19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special working days instead,” read Proclamation 1107, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte.
On special non-working holidays, an employee who reported for work is subject to the “no work, no pay” scheme, unless the company policy states that they shall be paid for working on a special day. On special non-working holidays, workers will get an additional 30% on top of their basic salary for the first eight hours of work.
On special working holidays, however, employees will only be paid their basic rates. No premium pay is required since work performed on such days is considered work on ordinary working days.