Secretary of Labor and Employment Rosalinda Dimapilis-Baldoz yesterday said that proper wage rules and core labor standards for workers must be observed tomorrow, August 21, 2014, which is a Special Non-Working Day across the nation marking Ninoy Aquino Day.
N.E.C.A. SPORTSFEST MEETING. Officials of various electric cooperatives in Negros Island convened and discussed last August 17 the different sports events that will take place on November 29, 2014 during the Negros Electric Cooperatives Association (NECA) Sportsfest to be held here in Bacolod City. Photo shows Engr. Paulino G. Almedilla of NONECO (seated 1st from right) as Inter-Coop Coordinator and Roel C. Venus, MBA-HRM of CENECO (seated center) as the event’s Over-all Program Director, with supervisors and managers of Negros Oriental Electric Cooperatives I and II (NORECO), Northern Negros Electric Cooperative (NONECO) formerly VRESCO, Negros Occidental Electric Cooperative (NOCECO), and Central Negros Electric Cooperative (CENECO). NECA is an organization formed by presidents and general managers of five (5) electric cooperatives in Negros Island, which aims to negotiate as one with large power generating companies for lower electric power rates.*
The labor and employment chief said that the Special Non-Working Day is by virtue of Proclamation No. 655, series of 2013, Declaring the Regular Holidays, Special (Non-Working) Days, and Special Holiday (for all Schools) for the Year 2014.
Baldoz emphasized that the declaration of August 21, 2014, as a special non-working day was meant to remember and honor the martyrdom of the late Senator Benigno Aquino which was first proclaimed by virtue of Republic Act No. 9256.
"Proper observance of the pay rules on a Special Non-Working Day strengthens decent work and encourages productivity. Voluntary compliance of companies with this labor standard is good business practice," she said.
The labor chief reminded employers to observe the following pay rules during the Ninoy Aquino Day, thus:
(a) If the employee did not work, the "no work, no pay" principle shall apply unless there is a favorable company policy, practice or collective bargaining agreement (CBA) granting payment on a special day;
(b) For work done during the special day, he/she shall be paid an additional 30 percent of his or her daily rate on the first eight hours of work [(Daily Rate x 130%) + COLA);