Employees working on April 9 holiday to receive triple pay

The National Wages Productivity Board of the Department of Labor and Employment said employees who will go to work on April 9, 2020 holiday would receive triple pay as per its holiday pay rules.

Two holidays namely “Araw ng Kagitingan” (Day of Valor) and “Hwebes Santo” (Maundy Thursday), falls on April 9.

This means there are two regular holidays on the same date.

According to the NWPB, if an employee goes to work on such a date, he or she must pay 300 percent of his daily wage rate.

Triple pay will be in effect for the employee on April 9 holiday.

If you do not go to work, an employee is still paid 200 percent or double pay.

Araw ng Kagitingan (Filipino for Day of Valor), also known as Bataan Day or Bataan and Corregidor Day, is a national observance in the Philippines which commemorates the fall of Bataan during World War II.

What happened on April 9, 1942?

At dawn on 9 April 1942, against the orders of Generals Douglas MacArthur and Jonathan Wainwright, the commander of the Luzon Force, Bataan, Major General Edward P. King, Jr., surrendered more than 76,000 starving and disease-ridden soldiers (67,000 Filipinos, 1,000 Chinese Filipinos, and 11,796 Americans) to Japanese troops.

The majority of these prisoners of war had their belongings confiscated before being forced to endure the infamous 140-kilometer (87 mi) Bataan Death March to Camp O’Donnell in Capas, Tarlac.

The few who were lucky enough to travel by truck to San Fernando, Pampanga, would still have to endure more than an additional 25 miles (40 km) of marching.

Only some 54,000 of the 76,000 prisoners reached their destination; the exact death toll is difficult to assess because thousands of captives were able to escape from their guards. Approximately 5,000-10,000 Filipino and 600-650 American prisoners-of-war died before they could reach Camp O’Donnell.