Philippine Holidays 2020: A Guide To When To File Your Leaves

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The year 2020 is fast approaching. And within two months’ time, a clean slate in your travel calendar awaits your #travelgoals for the coming year.

Well, here’s some good news for you and your jetsetting hearts. Malacañang has released the official list of regular holidays and special non-working days for next year.

Last Friday, November 15, 2019, President Rodrigo Roa Duterte signed Proclamation No. 845 confirming the list of regular and special non-working holidays for 2020. All in all, we have ten regular holidays, seven special non-working holidays, and two additional special non-working holidays.

Meanwhile, the dates of Eid’l Adha and Eid’l Fitr have yet to be determined. It will depend on the approximate dates of the Islamic holidays according to the Lunar Calendar.

Bring out your calendars and get ready to tick off destinations on your bucket lists. Here’s the list of the official regular and special non-working holidays for 2020:

philippine holidays 2020

Regular Non-Working Holidays

DATE DAY OBSERVANCE
January 1, 2020 Wednesday New Year’s Day
April 9, 2020 Thursday Maundy Thursday, Araw ng Kagitingan
April 10, 2020 Friday Good Friday
May 1, 2020 Friday Labor Day
June 12, 2020 Friday Independence Day
August 31, 2020 Monday National Heroes Day
November 30, 2020 Monday Bonifacio Day
December 25, 2020 Friday Christmas Day
December 30, 2020 Wednesday Rizal Day

Special Non-Working Days

DATE DAY OBSERVANCE
January 25, 2020 Saturday Chinese New Year
February 25, 2020 Tuesday EDSA Revolution Anniversary
April 11, 2020 Saturday Black Saturday
August 21, 2020 Friday Ninoy Aquino Day
November 1, 2020 Sunday All Saints’ Day
December 8, 2020 Tuesday Feast of the Immaculate Concepcion of Mary
December 31, 2020 Thursday Last day of the year

Additional Special Non-Working Holidays

DATE DAY OBSERVANCE
November 2, 2019 Monday All Souls’ Day
December 24, 2020 Thursday Christmas Eve

(Read: Employee Benefits in the Philippines: Complete List, Guide, and FAQs)

Holiday pay rules

This guide is for private sector employers on how to calculate employee salaries if they report for work during these declared holidays. The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) released an advisory prescribing the appropriate holiday pay for workers.

Working on a holiday? Here’s how you can compute your pay.

On a Regular Non-Working Holiday (as seen on the table above)

For employees who rendered an 8-hour work shift:

Employees shall be paid 200% of their basic wage for the first eight hours of work.

Sample computation:

[(Basic wage + COLA) (Cost of Living Adjustment)] x 200%

[(P1,000 + COLA)] x 200% = P2000 + COLA

For employees who rendered an 8-hour work shift plus overtime:

Employees who will report to work and render an overtime will receive 200% on basic wage on the first eight hours of work, with additional 30% on hourly rate in excess of work hours (overtime).

Sample computation:

[(Hourly rate of the basic wage x 200% x 130% x number of hours worked)]

[(P125 x 200% x 130% x 10 (8 hours work and 2 hours overtime)] = P3,250

For those that fall on an employees’ rest day:

Employees who will work on a holiday that falls on their rest day will receive an additional 30% on basic wage of 200%, plus additional 30% on hourly rate in excess of eight hours (overtime).

Sample computation:

[(Basic wage + COLA) x 200%] + [30% (Basic wage x 200%)]

[(P1000 + COLA) x 200%] + [300 x 200%)] = P2,600 + COLA

For employees who will not report for work:

Employees who will not report to work during a regular holiday shall still be paid 100% of his basic wage plus COLA provided that he/she will be present or have filed a paid leave the day before and after the said holiday.

(Read: How To Compute 13th Month Pay In The Philippines)

Special Non-Working Holidays and Additional Special Non-Working Holidays (As seen in tables above)

For employees who will render an 8-hour work shift:

Employees shall be paid an additional 30% of their basic wage for the first eight hours of work.

Sample computation:

[(Basic wage x 130% + COLA) (Cost of Living Adjustment)]

[(P1,000 x 130% + COLA)] = P1,300 + COLA

For employees who rendered an 8-hour work shift plus overtime:

Employees who will report to work and render an overtime will receive an additional 30% on their hourly rate in addition to the 30% on their basic wage.

Sample computation:

[(Hourly rate of the basic wage x 130% x 130% x number of hours worked)]

[(P125 x 130% x 130% x 10 (8 hours work and 2 hours overtime)] = P2,112.5

For those that fall on an employees’ rest day:

Employees who will work on a special non-working holiday that fall on their rest day shall receive an additional 50% on basic wage for the first eight hours, plus additional 30% on hourly rate in excess of eight hours (overtime).

Sample computation:

Without overtime

[(Basic wage x 150%) + COLA]

[(P1000 + COLA) x 150%] = P1500

With overtime

[Hourly rate of the basic wage x 150% x 130% x number of hours worked]

[(P125) x 150% x 130% x 10 (8 hours work and 2 hours overtime)] = P2,437.5

For employees who will not report for work:

Employees who will not report to work during a special non-working holiday shall still be paid 100% of his basic wage plus COLA provided that he/she will be present or have filed a paid leave the day before and after the said holiday.

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