A new year is upon us and we all know what that means–a new bunch of extra days off to look forward to.
According to Proclamation No. 269, we have 18 national public holidays in 2018. There are also an additional two national holidays, Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha, that will be declared once the exact dates have been determined.
For a quick look at just when Filipinos are going to be able to enjoy their times off, check out our handy guide below.
So, all in all, Filipinos can look forward to 10 regular holidays and eight special non-working days. But what exactly does this mean for the average hard-working Filipino employee?
For starters, let’s have a look at all the 2018 Philippine holidays, the days they fall on, and their types:
|Date||Day of the week||Observance||Type|
|January 1||Monday||New Year’s Day||Regular holiday|
|February 16||Friday||Chinese New Year||Special non-working day|
|February 25||Sunday||EDSA People Power Revolution||Special non-working day|
|March 29||Thursday||Maundy Thursday||Regular holiday|
|March 30||Friday||Good Friday||Regular holiday|
|March 31||Saturday||Black Saturday||Special non-working day|
|April 9||Monday||Araw ng Kagitingan||Regular holiday|
|May 1||Tuesday||Labor Day||Regular holiday|
|June 12||Tuesday||Independence Day||Regular holiday|
|August 21||Tuesday||Ninoy Aquino Day||Special non-working day|
|August 27||Monday||National Heroes Day||Regular holiday|
|November 1||Thursday||All Saints Day||Special non-working day|
|November 2||Friday||All Souls Day||Special non-working day|
|November 30||Friday||Bonifacio Day||Regular holiday|
|December 24||Monday||Christmas Eve||Special non-working day|
|December 25||Tuesday||Christmas Day||Regular holiday|
|December 30||Sunday||Rizal Day||Regular holiday|
|December 31||Monday||Last Day of The Year||Special non-working day|
Regular Holiday: You rest AND get paid
A regular holiday is one that has a fixed date. This means that it happens on the same month and day every year. The only exceptions to this are National Hero’s Day and religious holiday’s such as the days of Holy Week and the Islamic holidays of Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha.
One particularly important thing to keep in mind is, despite it being a rest day for workers, you’re still supposed to get paid. And, if your employer asks you to work for some reason or another, they need to pay you extra.
During a regular holiday, an employee who doesn’t work is still supposed to get their daily rate plus a cost of living allowance (COLA).
If you end up going to work, your employer must then pay you twice your daily rate and the COLA.
If you end up going to work and putting in overtime, you get twice your daily rate and the cola AND the hourly overtime rate multiplied by 2.6.
These rates will apply for the following Philippine holidays in 2018:
- January 1 – New Year’s Day
- March 29 – Maundy Thursday
- March 30 – Good Friday
- April 9 – Araw ng Kagitingan
- May 1 – Labor Day
- June 12 – Independence Day
- August 27 – National Heroes Day
- November 30 – Bonifacio Day
- December 25 – Christmas Day
- December 30 – Rizal Day
Special Non-Working Day: You get paid extra if you work
Special non-working days may occur every year, but their dates are more flexible. They can be declared under the judgment of the President or enacted by Congress.
For example, December 24 is usually declared a special non-working day, even though the actual “special day” is December 25. The 24th is usually made a holiday to give people an extra day to spend with their loved ones. Same for November 1, which is All Saints’ Day, and the day after.
During a special non-working day, the rule is “No work, no pay.” But if your employer requires you to work on those day’s you should expect to see something extra in your payslip.
If you work during a special non-working day, you get your daily rate times 1.3.
If you work overtime during a special non-working day, you get your daily rate times 1.3 and your hourly overtime rate multiplied by 1.95.
For 2018, these are the days where you get paid extra for working:
- February 16 – Chinese New Year
- February 25 – EDSA People Power Revolution
- March 31 – Black Saturday
- August 21 – Ninoy Aquino Day
- November 1 – All Saints Day
- November 2 – All Souls Day
- December 24 – Christmas Eve
- December 31 – Last Day of The Year
Sources: Rappler, CNN Philippines