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May 1, 2013 Labor Day: A Regular Philippine Holiday

The Filipino people around the country will mark the annual celebration of the Labor Day this coming May 1, 2013. The day falls on Wednesday, the Labor Day is listed as one of the country’s 15 national holidays for 2013 based upon the President’s Proclamation 459 signed by Pres. Aquino last year.

According to the Philippine History, the first Labour Day celebrations were held in the Philippines on May 1, 1903 in a mammoth rally in front of Malacañan Palacestaged by the Union Obrera Democratica (Democratic Laborer’s Union), while pressing for workers’ economic rights.

The May 1, 2013 Labor Day Regular Holiday is just one of the National Regular Holiday declared by the Philippine government.

Here’s the complete list of the 2013 Regular Holidays:

New Year’s Day, January 1 (Tuesday)
Maundy Thursday, March 28
Good Friday, March 29
Araw ng Kagitingan, April 9 (Tuesday)
Labor Day, May 1 (Wednesday)
Independence Day, June 12 (Wednesday)
National Heroes Day, August 26 (Last Monday of August)
Bonifacio Day, November 30 (Saturday)
Christmas Day, December 25 (Wednesday)
Rizal Day, December 30 (Monday)

Based upon the Labor Department’s Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits (2012 edition), employees are entitle to get “at least 100% of his/her minimun wage rate eve if he/she did not report for work” during regular holidays.

For those who work during national holidays they will get 200% of their regular rate for every hour of service rendered. However, employees are required to be present or should on leave of absence with pay on the work day immediately preceding the holiday for them to get a holiday premium.

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About the author: Ed Umbao is a former tuba-gatherer from Bantayan Island. Previously worked as an OFW in Saudi Arabia, now a full-time blogger sans technical ability.

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