If you're a registered voter, you have no excuse not to vote in the barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections, as Malacanang declared October 28 a special non-working holiday.
Proclamation No. 656 signed by President Benigno Aquino September 25, said the holiday has been declared to allow Filipinos to exercise their right to suffrage. October 28 is a Monday, thereby listing a new long weekend for October.
“[I]t is important to give the people the fullest opportunity to participate in the said elections and exercise their right to vote,” Aquino said in the proclamation.
The announcement came even as the Senate and the House of Representatives have approved a bill seeking to postpone the SK polls.
The postponement, if signed into law by Aquino, will give Congress time to deliberate on reforms or the proposed abolition of the SK.
Under the Labor department's pay rules the following shall apply on special non-working holidays:
“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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