Christmas Eve and NYE Are Still Not Holidays in 2022

What's a "special working day" anyway?

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(SPOT.ph) Holiday season in the Philippines is a pretty big thing. Families spend most of Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve preparing the midnight feast, which usually takes the whole day. But it looks like that's going to be another challenge once again in 2022 as President Rodrigo Duterte officially declared November 2, December 24, and December 31 as "special working days." Before you forget, this year's All Souls' Day (November 2), Christmas Eve, and New Year's Eve are all not holidays, too.

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Everything You Need to Know About Philippine Holidays 2022

What's a "Special Working Day" ?

On November 2, December 24, and December 31, 2022, employees are required to report to work like they would any ordinary day. Based on the Department of Labor and Employment's payment guidelines, work performed on a "special working day" doesn't require premium pay, overtime pay, or holiday pay. What makes it special? We still don't know.

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Back in the day (a.k.a. before 2021), November 2, December 24, and December 31 were all included in the list of "Special Non-Working Days." This means that employees who go to work on those days get paid an additional 30% on top of their basic wage. For 2021 and 2022, however, these three days were booted off that list.

Here are the regular holidays and special non-working days in 2022:

Regular Holidays

  • New Year’s Day– January 1
  • Araw ng Kagitingan– April 9
  • Maundy Thursday– April 14
  • Good Friday– April 15
  • Labor Day– May 1
  • Independence Day– June 12
  • National Heroes’ Day– August 29
  • Bonifacio Day– November 30
  • Christmas Day– December 25
  • Rizal Day -December 30

Special Non-Working Days

  • Chinese New Year– February 1
  • Edsa People Power Anniversary– February 25
  • Black Saturday– April 16
  • Ninoy Aquino Day– August 21
  • All Saints’ Day– November 1
  • Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary– December 8
  • Last Day of the Year– December 31

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