No need for holiday pay on Araw ng Kagitingan, Holy Week – Labor dept.

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 1) — Some employees may not get their extra pay on the April holidays amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Department of Labor and Employment said Wednesday.

The Labor Department in an advisory allowed employers to defer holiday pays for April 9 to 11. These dates cover Araw ng Kagitingan or Day of Valor, Maundy Thursday and Good Friday, which are billed as national holidays. Meanwhile, Black Saturday - a special non-working day - falls on April 11.

“Establishments that have totally closed or ceased operation during the enhanced community quarantine period are exempted from the payment of the holiday pay under Labor Advisory No. 13, Series of 2020,” said the agency.

The measure will stand “until such time that the present emergency situation has been abated and the normal operations of the establishment is in place."

Under the department's Labor Advisory no. 13, signed March 30, workers are expected to gain additional 200 percent of their daily wage on April 9 which is both Araw ng Kagitingan and Maundy Thursday, and an extra 100 percent on April 10 or Good Friday. On the other hand, those who work on the special non-working holiday on April 11 will receive added 30 percent of their daily wage, otherwise, the ‘no work, no pay’ policy applies.

The country is currently under a state of national public health emergency with over 2,000 cases of the coronavirus disease and 88 deaths.

The entire Luzon is under an “enhanced community quarantine” until April 13, restricting movement within, to and from the country’s northern island. The measure meant suspension of mass transportation and work with some exceptions.

The quarantine prompted private companies to switch to telecommuting or a work-from-home setup while workers in vital services like the medical sector and establishments that provide food and other basic goods continue in their workplace.