Mark your calendars: Eight long weekends for 2015

·Kim Arveen Patria
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You may start planning your trips and vacations in 2015 as early as now, as the government on Wednesday issued the list of holidays for next year.

There will be eight long weekends in 2015 according to the list published by Malacanang, which is based on Proclamation No. 831 signed by President Benigno Aquino July 17.

These include the weekend after January 1 (Thursday), a regular holiday for New Year’s Day, and January 2 (Friday), which was declared a special non-working day.

Regular holidays declared for Maundy Thursday and Good Friday (April 2 and 3) will also extend the weekends for Black Saturday and Easter Sunday (April 4 and 5).

Other long weekends are those following the Fridays of Labor Day (May 1), Independence Day (June 12), Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21), and Christmas Day (December 25).

Weekends preceding National Heroes Day (August 31) and Bonifacio Day (November 30), which fall on Mondays, would also be extended, Malacanang’s list showed.

A total of 18 holidays have been identified in the list. It is expected to grow, however, with the declaration of holidays for the Islamic holidays of Eid’l Fitr and Eidul Adha.

Here’s the list of holidays for 2015 so far:

Regular holidays            
January 1 (Thursday), New Year’s Day
April 2 (Thursday), Maundy Thursday
April 3 (Friday), Good Friday
April 9 (Thursday), Araw ng Kagitingan
May 1 (Friday), Labor Day
June 12 (Friday), Independence Day
August 31 (Monday), National Heroes Day
November 30 (Monday), Bonifacio Day
December 25 (Friday), Chirstmas Day
December 30 (Wednesday), Rizal Day

Special (Non-Working) Days
February 19 (Thursday), Chinese New Year
April 4 (Saturday), Black Saturday
Ninoy Aquino Day (Friday), August 21
All Saints Day (Sunday), November 1

Additional special (non-working) days
January 2 (Friday)
December 24 (Thursday)
December 31 (Thursday), last day of the year

Special holiday (for all schools)
Feburary 25 (Wednesday), EDSA Revolution Anniversary

Under the Labor department’s pay rules, employees not working on regular holidays are still entitled to 100 percent of their regular daily rate, “provided that they [they were] present, or [were] on leave with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.”

Employees who work on a regular holiday that also fall on their rest days, meanwhile, will be entitled to 200 percent of the daily rate for the first eight hours and an additional 30 percent for additional hours.

On special non-working days, the following shall apply:

“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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