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Is March 27 2024, a Special Holiday in the Philippines?

Is March 27 2024, a Special Holiday in the Philippines?

As we approach Holy Week in the Philippines, a time of reflection and tradition, many are wondering about their schedules, especially regarding the possibility of a long weekend. Specifically, there’s a lot of curiosity about March 27, 2024. Could this date offer a rare five-day break, including Maundy Thursday (March 28), Good Friday (March 29), Black Saturday (March 30), and Easter Sunday (March 31)?

Unfortunately, President Ferdinand Marcos, Jr.’s announcement has clarified the situation. According to Proclamation 368, which he signed in October 2023, March 27, known as Holy Wednesday, will not be considered a holiday this year. This means that, despite the anticipation, the day before Maundy Thursday will be a regular working day for most Filipinos.

However, there’s a bit of flexibility for some workers. The government and certain private companies might let their employees leave work at noon on March 27. Yet, this doesn’t apply to everyone, and many will need to work the entire day.

There’s also an important consideration for employees planning their holiday time. According to the 2022 Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) Handbook on Workers’ Statutory Monetary Benefits, there’s a rule about consecutive holidays. If someone doesn’t go to work the day before the first holiday in a series of holidays, they might not get paid for any of the holidays. Specifically, if an employee skips work on March 27 without a valid leave, they could lose their pay for the holidays on March 28 and 29.

In summary, while the idea of a five-day break for Holy Week 2024 was appealing, March 27 will remain a standard working day for most. Employees should plan accordingly, especially if they’re looking forward to the subsequent holiday days. It’s crucial to be aware of the work policies to enjoy the holidays without any financial surprises.

Malacañang declares half-day work on Holy Wednesday

In observance of Maundy Thursday and Good Friday on March 28-29, 2024, government employees across the nation are granted full opportunity to honor these significant religious days. To facilitate their travel and observance, work in government offices on March 27, 2024, is hereby suspended from 12:00 PM onwards.

It is noted that agencies responsible for delivering essential services such as basic healthcare, disaster response, and other vital functions will remain operational to ensure continuity in public service.

The decision regarding work suspension in private companies and offices is at the discretion of their respective employers.

This memorandum is effective immediately.

Issued under the authority of the President.

MEMORANDUM CIRCULAR NO. 45

To provide government employees full opportunity to properly observe Maundy Thursday and Good Friday on 28-29 March 2024 and to allow them to travel to and from the different regions in the country, work in government offices on 27 March 2024 is hereby suspended from 12:00 o’clock in the afternoon onwards.

However, those agencies whose functions involve the delivery of basic and health services, preparedness/response to disasters and calamities, and/or the performance of other vital services shall continue with their operations and render the necessary services.

The suspension of work in private companies and offices is left to the sound discretion of their respective employers.

This Circular shall take effect immediately.

By authority of the President:

LUCAS P. BERSAMIN

Executive Secretary

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