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Workers to expect higher pay on August 6 – Cebu Province Founding Anniv

Cebu City, Philippines. August 6, the 451st founding anniversary of Cebu Province is a special non-working holiday.

Workers in Cebu Province as well as in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapulapu will enjoy a holiday or they will be paid with an additional 30% of their basic wage for the first 8 hours of work should they report to duty on that day.DOLE-7 Regional Director Salome O. Siaton clarified that if the workers will not work on that day, then the “no work, no pay” principle will apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on that day even if unworked.

For overtime work, workers must be paid an additional 30% of their hourly rate on that day and for work done on said day, which is also the rest day of workers, an additional 50% of the workers’ basic wage for the first 8 hours of work must be paid by employers.

Director Siaton reminded the workers though, just like with the other holidays, employers are given consideration and are allowed to pay the workers with the holiday pay at a later time when the present emergency situation has been abated and the normal operations of establishments have been put in place.

“Cebu City has just been placed under GCQ. So, we are also not expecting the establishments to be in full operations right away given the fact that regardless of the kind of community quarantine we are being subjected to, the virus is still here. The existence of the national emergency brought about by the menacing effects of covid-19 is still very much felt by all of us,” explained the Regional Head.

Paying the holiday pay to workers at a later time, she added, will never exempt any employer from paying that holiday pay at all. Eventually, she said, employers must be able to pay their workers with all those holidays that have come and go.

August 6 of every year is a special non-working public holiday throughout Cebu as stipulated by Republic Act 8952. The law was enacted in 2000 during the administration of former President Joseph Ejercito Estrada.

 

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For more information on this report, you may contact (032) 234-3317 or tricitydole7@yahoo.com.ph; (032) 266-7424 or cpfodolero7@gmail.com; (035) 226-2778 / (035) 422-9741/ dolenegrosoriental@gmail.com; (035) 480-9244 or dolesiquijor@gmail.com; (038) 501-0277 and (038) 411-0806 or doleboholfo@gmail.com.

 

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2020-08-05
SALOME O. SIATON
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