Filipino Holidays – A Guide to Save Your Ass…

One very important and often overlooked detail of working with outsourced employees in the Philippines is time off for holidays and special occasions. I mentioned before that I love to reward and incentivise my employees in a few different ways (13-month bonuses, paying on a weekly basis, etc.).

In addition to those things, a big part of the Filipino culture revolves around celebration and family time. Holidays are important to them, and showing respect and flexibility to allow the time off for that will strengthen the relationship of respect between you and your employee. It’s a win-win.

So I’ve compiled a list of days I typically give off to my employees. I figured it would be a handy resource.

  • January 1st – New Year’s Day
  • April 6th – Good Friday
  • April 7th – Black Saturday
  • April 9th – Day of Valor
  • May 1st – Labor Day
  • June 12th – Independence Day
  • August 21st – Ninoy Aquino Day
  • November 1st – All Saints Day
  • November 2nd – Special Non-working Holiday
  • December 24th – Special Non-working Holiday
  • December 25th – Christmas Day
  • December 30th – Rizal Day
  • December 31st – New Year’s Eve

You can add days in where you feel necessary of course, and over holiday weekends where you will be totally offline, you can offer them the time off as well.

Knowledge is power, my friends.

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