Official List of Philippine Holidays
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Official List of Philippine National Holidays for 2018

Generally, no fixed list of holiday dates in the Philippines can be provided because some holidays are movable. However, the President is tasked by law under the provisions of Republic Act 9492 to issue a Proclamation prior to their occurrence to finalize the specific date of their observance.

National Regular Holidays List for 2018

There are 12 regular holidays in the Philippines, namely:

New Year’s Day  –  January 1, 2018 (Monday)
Maundy Thursday – March 29, 2018 (Thursday)
Good Friday – March 30, 2018 (Friday)
Araw ng Kagitingan – April 9, 2018 (Monday)
Labor Day – May 1, 2018 (Tuesday)
Independence Day – June 12, 2018 (Tuesday)
*Eid’l Fitr – June 15, 2018 (Friday)
National Heroes Day – August 27, 2018 (Last Monday of August)
*Eid’l Adha – August 21, (Tuesday)
Bonifacio Day – November 30, 2018 (Friday)
Christmas Day – December 25, 2018 (Tuesday)
Rizal Day – December 30, 2018 (Sunday)

*Note: Official announcement from the Office of the President for the specific dates for Eid’l Fitr and Eid’l Adha will be issued after approximate dates of these Islamic holidays have been determined (in accordance with the Islamic calendar Hjira, the lunar calendar or upon Islamic astronomical calculations, whichever is possible or convenient).

Compensation for National Regular Holidays

a. If it is an employee’s regular workday

  • If unworked, employee shall be paid 100% of his/her daily rate – (Daily Rate x 100%)
  • If worked, employee shall be paid  200% of his/her daily rate for the 8 hours – (Daily Rate x 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

Special (Non-Working) Holidays

Additional Special (Non-Working Day) – January 2, 2018 (Tuesday)
Chinese New Year – February 16, 2018 (Friday)
EDSA Revolution Anniversary  – February 25, 2018 (Sunday)
Black Saturday – March 31, 2018 (Saturday)
Ninoy Aquino Day – August 21, 2018 (Tuesday)
All Souls Day – November 2, 2018 (Friday)
Christmas Eve – December 24, 2018 (Monday)

Special Days

All Saints Day – November 1, 2018 (Thursday)
Last Day of the Year – December 31, 2018 (Monday)

Compensation for National Special Holidays

For declared special days such as Special Non-working Day, Special Public Holiday, Special National Holiday, in addition to the two national 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

  • First eight (8) hours – plus 30% of the daily rate of 100%
  • Excess of eight (8) hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

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

  • First eight (8) hours – plus 50% of the daily rate of 100%
  • Excess of eight (8) hours – plus 30% of hourly rate on said day

Special Working Holidays

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.

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