The Philippines and its Types of Public Holidays

Posted by Czarina Año - December 31, 2015 • 2-minute read

The Philippines and its Types of Public Holidays

The value provided by outsourcing is apparent but it also comes with questions. One common concern is that the number of holidays in the Philippines is typically more than the outsourcer’s.This year, there are about twenty holidays but most of them fall on weekends.

There are two types of public holidays in the Philippines: Regular and Special Non-Working holidays.

During Regular Holidays, members of the workforce are on break but are entitled to get their compensation. In the event that they are required to work, employers are to pay 200% of their regular rate.

On Special Non-working Holidays, the workforce will not receive any pay unless there is a favorable company policy. If the employee reported for work, he or she will be paid an additional 30% of their regular rate.

Here is the list of 2016 Philippine Public Holidays. Those with asterisk are special non-working days.

January 1, 2016, Friday, New Year's Day

January 2, 2016, Saturday, Additional New Year's Day*

February 8, 2016, Monday, Chinese New Year

March 24, 2016, Thursday, Maundy Thursday

March 25, 2016, Friday, Good Friday

March 26, 2016, Saturday, Black Saturday*

April 9, 2016, Saturday, Day of Valor

May 1, 2016, Sunday, Labor Day

May 9, 2016, Monday, Elections

June 12, 2016, Sunday, Independence Day

August 21, 2016, Sunday, Ninoy Aquino Day*

August 29, 2016, Monday, National Heroes Day

October 31, 2016, Monday, All Saints Day*

November 1, 2016, Tuesday, Additional All Saints Day*

November 30, 2016, Wednesday, Bonifacio Day

December 24, 2016, Saturday, Christmas Eve*

December 25, 2016, Sunday, Christmas Day

December 30, 2016, Friday, Rizal Day

December 31, 2016, Saturday, New Year's Day*


The Philippines also observe Islamic Holidays - Eid al-Fitr (Start of Ramadan) and Eid al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice) - however actual dates are usually confirmed two weeks prior to the celebration.

There are other pay rules covering overtime, work during rest days, and more. You can check with your outsourcing partner on these policies.

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Czarina Año

Czarina Año

After years of working in different industries from business process outsourcing down to PR and events, Czarina Año has finally found the field that combines all things she liked in Inbound Marketing.

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