The upcoming long weekend is such a treat to all, especially for workers and students that deserve a long holiday. However, while October 31 and November 1 have been officially declared as a holiday, is November 2, 2022, a holiday too?
Short answer — yes. HOWEVER, it is declared as a special WORKING holiday. So, while it is indeed a holiday, employees are still required to show up to work.
This special working holiday is declared in Proclamation No. 1236 signed by former President Rodrigo Roa Duterte last year, on October 29, 2021.
Other than All Souls’ Day, Christmas Eve (December 24) and the last day of the year (December 31) are also declared special working days.
What is a special working day?
When a day is declared a special working holiday, it mainly means that all offices and schools are open. Workers who show up to work on this day are only entitled to their basic rate.
This means that no premium pay is required since the said day is considered an ordinary working day.
Why was November 2, 2022, declared as a special working holiday?
In Proclamation No. 1107, signed by former President Rodrigo Duterte last year, the usually non-working holiday is amended as a special working holiday “to encourage economic productivity.”
“For the country to recover from the adverse economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, there is a need to encourage economic productivity by, among others, minimizing work disruption and commemorating some special holidays as special working days instead,” read the proclamation.
Long weekend October 29 to November 1, 2022
While November 2 has not been declared a non-working holiday, President Marcos has recently signed a proclamation marking October 31 as a special holiday.
This means that Filipinos, especially working Filipinos and students, may enjoy a long weekend from October 29 (Saturday) to November 1 (Tuesday).
Happy long weekend! – WhatALife!