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Employers urged to observe pay rules on December 8

Cebu City, Philippines. December 8, 2018 is a special non-working day and the Department of Labor and Employment urged employers to observe the pay rules on that day.

DOLE-7 Regional Director, Atty. Johnson G. Cañete said that there are rules to observe in the payment of the workers’ wages on special non-working holidays, which every employer must be able to abide by.

He said that the principle of “No Work, No Pay,” shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special non-working day.

For work done during the special day, he added, workers shall be paid an additional 30% of his or her daily rate on the first eight (8) hours of work.

“We are reminding employers to pay an additional 30% of workers’ hourly rate on said day for work done in excess of eight hours because that is already an overtime work,” said Atty. Cañete.

He went on by encouraging employers to familiarize themselves with the pay rules since they would be following a different computation for work done during a special day that also falls on the workers’ rest day.

He explained that workers would be paid an additional 50% of their daily rate on the first 8 hours of work. But for work done in excess of 8 hours or overtime work during a special day that also falls on the workers’ rest day, they should be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on said day.

Republic Act No. 10966 was signed into law by the President on December 2017 to commemorate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, the Principal Patroness of the Philippines.

Proclamation No. 555 declaring the Regular and Special Non-Working Days for the Year 2019 also contains December 8 as one of the Special Non-Working Days nationwide.

In Region-7, employers should be guided by the existing minimum wage rates based on Wage Order No. ROVII-21.






For more information on this report, you may contact Luchel Senarlo-Taniza, Regional Labor Information Officer at telefax number (032) 266-2792 or you may send an email at

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