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Chinese New Year is a special non-working holiday

Cebu City, Philippines. Employees working on 25 January 2020, Saturday, will take home a higher pay.

With this, DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton reminded employers to be cautious and conscious of the computation of wages for workers rendering work on a special non-working holiday. Workers reporting to duty on Saturday, she said, must be paid with the correct holiday pay.

Labor Advisory No. 02, Series of 2020 provided for the payment of wages for the 25 January 2020 Special Non-Working Holiday in celebration of Chinese New Year.

Workers who will report to work on Special Non-Working Holiday must be paid an additional 30% of their basic wage on the first eight (8) hours of work.

For work done in excess of 8 hours or overtime work, workers must be paid an additional 30% of their daily rate on said day.

Director Siaton urged employers to be careful in their computation especially for workers who would work on a special non-working holiday, which also falls on their rest day.

In this case, she said, workers must be paid an additional 50% of their daily wage 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.

“Workers who are not required or permitted to work on a special non-working holiday are not entitled to any compensation. The principle of “No Work, No Pay,” shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, voluntary practice or provision in the collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages and other benefits on a special non-working day,” Director Siaton explained.

Labor Advisory No. 02, Series of 2020 released by Secretary Silvestre H. Bello III is pursuant to Proclamation No. 845 issued by the President on 15 November 2019.

Chinese New Year is one of the nine (9) declared Special Non-Working Holidays for 2020. Others included Edsa People Power Revolution Anniversary (February 25); Black Saturday (April 11); Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21); All Saints’ Day (November 1); Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary (December 8); Last Day of the Year (December 31); and Additional Special Non-Working Holidays (November 2 and December 24).





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



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