Regular Holidays and Special Non-Working Days

Proclamation No. 986 issued by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 31, 2020 outlined the Philippine holidays, specifically regular and special non-working days, for the year 2021. These red letter and special days were identified as follows:

01 January 2021, Friday – New Year’s Day (regular holiday)
12 February 2021, Friday – Chinese New Year (Special non-working day)
25 February 2021, Thursday – EDSA People Power Revolution Anniversary (Special non-working day)
01 April 2021 – Maundy Thursday (regular holiday)
02 April 2021 – Good Friday (regular holiday)
03 April 2021 – Black Saturday (Special non-working day)
09 April 2021, Friday – Araw ng Kagitingan (regular holiday)

01 May 2021, Saturday – Labor Day (regular holiday)
12 June 2021, Saturday– Independence Day (regular holiday)

May 2021 – Eidl Fitr -actual date to be confirmed (regular holiday)

21 August 2021, Saturday– Ninoy Aquino Day (Special non-working day)
30 August 2021, last Monday of August – National Heroes’ Day (regular holiday)

July 2021 – Eidl Adha -actual date to be confirmed (regular holiday)

01 November 2021, Monday – All Saints’ Day (Special non-working day)
02 November 2021, Tuesday – Additional Special non-working day
30 November 2021, Tuesday – Bonifacio Day (regular holiday)
08 December 2021, Wednesday – Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (Special non-working day)
24 December 2021, Friday – Christmas Eve (additional Special non-working day)
25 December 2021, Saturday – Christmas Day (regular holiday)
30 December 2021, Thursday – Rizal Day (regular holiday)
31 December 2021, Friday – last day of the year (Special non-working day)

Benefits and Premium Pay for 2021 Philippine Holidays

There are special rules and benefits when it comes to salaries of employees during regular holidays and special non-working holidays. Under the Labor Code of the Philippines, for regular holidays, employees are paid based on their daily wage for such day even if they do not come to work. This means that employees are entitled to receive their salary on regular holidays.  

If they work on a regular holiday, the employees are entitled to double their daily rate. The daily rate is computed based on a factor rate that the company uses. The factor rate takes into account the total number of days worked by the employee and his or her annual compensation.

For special non-working days, the principle of “no work, no pay” shall apply. Thus, if the company follows the holiday, the employee is not entitled to receive salary for that special non-working holiday. However, if an employee comes to work on a special non-working day, there must be a premium of 30% added to his daily rate.

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