By Ferdinand Patinio

(PNA file photo)

MANILA – Workers in the private sector who will be working on May 1 (Labor Day) are entitled to 200 percent of their basic salary.

In Labor Advisory 6 issued Thursday, the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) said the 200 percent pay covers the first eight hours (basic wages times two).

Beyond eight hours, the employer shall pay the employee an additional 30 percent of the hourly rate (hourly rate of the basic wage times 200 percent times 130 percent times the number of hours worked).

The DOLE said employees who will not report to work on Labor Day shall receive 100 percent of his/her wage for that day, provided that the employee reports to work or is on leave of absence with pay on the day immediately preceding the regular holiday.

Where the day immediately preceding the regular holiday is a non-working day in the establishment, or is the scheduled rest day of the employee, the employee shall be entitled to holiday pay if the employee reports to work or is on leave of absence with pay on the day immediately preceding the non-working day or rest day.

If work is done during the regular holiday that also falls on the employee’s rest day, the employee shall receive an additional 30 percent of the basic wage of 200 percent (basic wage times 200 percent times 130 percent).

Job fairs

The DOLE is also reminding prospective job-seekers of the simultaneous job fairs to be conducted across the country in celebration of the 122nd Labor Day.

Labor Secretary Bienvenido Laguesma said 95 job fair venues organized by the 16 regional offices of DOLE would feature 204,818 local job vacancies from 2,441 participating employers.

A total of 41,026 overseas employment opportunities will also be offered by 81 participating employers.

The DOLE said workers would also be given free rides for a limited period at the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3) and Light Rail Transit Line 2 (LRT-2) on May 1.

Those who would like to avail of the free rides from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., only have to present their company IDs. (PNA)