October 31, 2013 not a holiday, says Malacanang

Hear ye, October 31,2013 isn't a holiday.

This is what Malacanang's Official Gazette clarified Wednesday, amid circulating reports that October 31 has been declared a holiday.

"For those asking: October 31 is not a nationwide holiday," Official Gazette said its Twitter account. 

The Gazette clarification also comes after people shared on social media sites an old Yahoo! Philippines article published back in 2011, where Executive Secretary Pacquito Ochoa noted of a holiday declaration to "give Filipinos more travel time."

Take note that this year, the only remaining holiday for the month of October (special non-working) is on October 28, Monday, the day of the nationwide barangay elections, which President Benigno "Noynoy" Aquino issued via Proclamation No. 656. The next Holiday (special non-working) is on November 1, a Friday, for the All Saints Day.  

Under the Labor department's pay rules the following shall apply on special non-working holidays:
 
“a. If the day is unworked, the 'no work, no pay' principle shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day even if the day is unworked.
 
b. If worked, the employee shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent on the first eight hours of work. In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate on said day.
 
c. If the day falls on the employee's rest day and is worked, he/she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of the daily rate of 100 percent on the first eight hours of work. In excess of eight hours, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate.”

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