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Maundy Thursday, Good Friday are Regular holidays

As part of Filipino Catholics’ observance of Lent, Maundy Thursday (April 21) and Good Friday (April 22) are officially declared as regular holidays.

Labor and Employment Secretary Rosalinda Baldos said the two-day regular holidays are by virtue of President Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s Proclamation No. 84, which was signed on December 2010.

Baldos reminded employers that people who work on regular holidays are entitled to 200 percent of their basic wages for the first eight hours. In excess of eight hours, the employer must give an additional 30 percent of the worker’s wage on an hourly basis.

If an employee is not working on the said days, he or she is still entitled to 100 percent of his or her regular daily rate, “provided he or she was present, or was on leave with pay on the workday immediately preceding the holiday.”

Baldos also said that if an employee works on a holiday that also falls on his or her rest day, he or she is entitled to 200 percent of the daily rate for the first eight hours and an additional 30 percent for additional hours.

Meanwhile, the Manila Rail Transit will also take a break from Maundy Thursday, April 21 to Black Saturday, April 23 and will only resume operations on Easter Sunday, April 24.