National Official Holidays in the Philippines

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National, Official, and Non-working Holidays Philippines 2016

In general, providing a fixed list of holiday dates is difficult because most of the 2016 regular holidays and nationwide special holidays in the Philippines are movable, as provided under Republic Act 9492 (an Act rationalizing the celebration of national holidays). For these movable holidays, the President is tasked by law to issue a Proclamation, at least 6 months prior to a movable holiday, fixing the specific date of that non-working day.

National Regular Holidays List for 2016 – Philippines

New Year’s Day  –  January 1, 2016 (Friday)
Maundy Thursday – March 24, 2016 (Thursday)
Good Friday – March 25, 2016 (Friday)
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9, 2016 (Saturday)
Labor Day – May 1, 2016 (Sunday)
Independence Day – June 12, 2016 (Sunday)
Eid’l Fitr – To be announced
National Heroes Day – August 29, 2016 (Monday)
Eidul Adha – To be announced
Bonifacio Day – November 30, 2016 (Wednesday)
Christmas Day – December 25, 2016 (Sunday)
Rizal Day – December 30, 2016 (Friday)

National Regular Holidays Compensation – Philippines

a. If it is an employee’s regular workday

  • If unworked – 100%
  • If worked – 1st 8 hours – 200%
  • Excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

b. If it is an employee rest day

  • If unworked – 100%
  • If worked – 1st 8 hours – plus 30% of 200%
  • Excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

Nationwide Special (Non-Working) Holidays List – Philippines

Additional special (non-working days) – January 2, 2016
Chinese New Year – February 8, 2016
EDSA Revolution Anniversary – February 25, 2016 (Special non-working day by virtue of Proclamation No. 1071, s. 2015)
Black Saturday – March 26, 2016
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21, 2016
Additional special  (non-working days) – October 31, 2016
All Saints Day – November 1, 2016
Additional special (non-working days) – December 24, 2016
Last Day of the Year – December 31, 2016

Special Days – Philippines

For declared special days such as Special Non-working Day, Special Public Holiday, Special National Holiday, in addition to the two nationwide special days (November 1, All Saints Day and December 31, Last Day of the Year), the following rules shall apply:

a.  If unworked

  • No pay, unless there is a favorable company policy, practice, or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment of wages on special days even if unworked.

b. If worked

  • 1st 8 hours – plus 30% of the daily rate of 100%
  • excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

c. Falling on the employee’s rest day and if worked

  • 1st 8 hours – plus 50% of the daily rate of 100%
  • excess of 8 hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

Special Working Holidays – Philippines

For work performed, an employee in the Philippines is entitled only to his basic rate. No premium pay is required since work performed on said days is considered work on ordinary working days.

Computation of Holiday Pay in the Philippines – Infographic