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DOLE Asks Lawmakers to Decrease Special Non-Working Holidays

Date Posted: Feb 24, 2012

The Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) have expressed that declaration of some special non-working holidays may have negative effects on Philippine workers.


Labor Secretary Rosalinda Baldoz cite a report of the Bureau of Working Conditions that special non-working holidays creates more negative than positive effects because the principle of “no work, no pay” applies.


According to DOLE, the lawmakers should be cautious in declaring more special non-working holidays and take into consideration the effects of additional non-working holidays in the overall productivity and competitiveness of the Philippine economy, particularly on labor and employment, before crafting legislative measures on holidays.

“For daily paid workers, the opportunity to produce goods of economic value and to earn wages is lost during a special non-working day,” the DOLE statement read.
The DOLE noticed that Philippines has more holidays than Australia which has eight; Singapore, 11; Indonesia, 14; Japan, 15; Thailand, 15; Malaysia, 16; South Korea, 16; and Hong Kong, 17. Only China, which has 29, has more holidays the Philippines, it added.

“Declaring holidays has implications on productivity and competitiveness. It is associated with issues on rights at work. Reviewing the implementation of holidays is necessary to contribute to the Philippine development goal of inclusive growth, through decent and productive work,” Baldoz said.

For 2012, President Benigno Aquino III declared a total of 18 holidays which include 12 regular holidays and six special non-working days.

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