Holidays. To a youngster, they would be very delighted because it means no school. And when there is no school, that means no homework, quizzes and tests, not to mention be away from “mean” teachers.
The same can be said with adults who need to take time off from their hectic schedule to spend quality time with their families or reconnect with nature, to stop and smell the proverbial roses.
The Philippines boasts of having a lot of holidays in a calendar year if we combine the fixed official and non-official (religious) holidays, plus certain days the government will declare as “non-working” holidays such as the ASEAN Summit that is ongoing as of this writing.
While having lots of holidays may be welcomed by many, there are those who are not happy with it. First are companies. A lot of holidays means production suffers and when it does, it may affect the profits they make since employees do not show up.
If they are to require employees to report for work on holidays, they are required by law to give them double pay, as stated in Chapter II, Article 93 of the Philippine Labor Code:
“Work performed on any special holiday shall be paid an additional compensation of at least thirty percent (30%) of the regular wage of the employee. Where such holiday work falls on the employee’s scheduled rest day, he shall be entitled to an additional compensation of at least fifty per cent (50%) of his regular wage.”
Some companies that are miserly would not want to give double pay and have no choice but to respect these days even if it may affect production.
There are several members of the workforce who are not happy with too many holidays either. The reason is companies follow the “no work, no pay” policy. When a holiday is suddenly declared, this affects an employees’ time card. Missed out work days due to these holidays will not be counted when their compensation is computed. As a result, they get paid less or nothing at all, depending on their arrangement with their employers.
This spells trouble for some as they have financial obligations to meet and not being able to fulfill it because of the “no work, no pay” policy may put them in dire straits. While they may tolerate one day off, having more days off is not good for them.
There is a reason why the government declares holidays on events such as the ASEAN Summit. Due to security reasons, certain parts of Metro Manila have been put on lockdown which would make it difficult for people to go to school or work. This was a lesson learned when the Philippines hosted the APEC Summit in 2015.
As of the moment, there is no solution developed in order to address this problem. One can only hope and pray a feasible solution would materialize soon which could be a win-win situation to all parties concerned.
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