The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) on Wednesday reminded private employers that a “no work, no pay policy” will apply to Metro Manila (National Capital Region or NCR) during the visit of Pope Francis to the Philippines.
DOLE Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz said January 15, 16 and 19 were declared special non-working days in NCR under Presidential Proclamation 936, dated December 22, 201, through Executive Secretary Paquito Ochoa Jr.
“In view of the proclamation, I enjoin all private-sector employers in Metro Manila to observe the proper pay rules for the benefit of their workers,” Baldoz added.
Aside from the no work, no pay policy, the Labor chief said if an employee will report for work on those days, he or she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her daily rate on the first eight hours of work, and an additional 30 percent for overtime work.
“If the employee worked during a special day that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she shall be paid an additional 50 percent of his or her daily rate on the first 8 hours of work,” she added.
A worker will also be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her hourly rate if he or she will report in excess of eight hours during a special day that also falls on his or her rest day.
Pope Francis will be in the Philippines from January 15 to 19.
From Manila, he will be going to Tacloban City in Leyte province to console victims of Typhoon Yolanda.
Pope Francis will say a Mass in the city, which is believed to be the hardest-hit by the typhoon.