Filipinos love holidays; being deeply ingrained in our families and our culture, we celebrate every fiesta in our hometowns that we can.
In addition, our country has one of the longest Christmas seasons in the world.
Not all Filipino business owners, however, look forward to holidays. When work has to be done on such a day, owners would have to pay their employees extra depending on what’s provided by law—which eats into the operating budget.
Other owners are miffed that holidays cut into the precious time they have to work on a big job or produce a volume order, or when an important business meeting is postponed because of a suddenly-declared non-working day.
Working around holidays and long weekends, therefore, is a skill new entrepreneurs must learn before they sally forth with their business.
According to Lex Ledesma and Peter Kawsek, members of Entrepreneur’s panels of experts, it’s all a matter of planning and tweaking.
Kawsek, chief executive of Apo International Marketing Corp., a packaging and manufacturing company, says entrepreneurs can always expect at least 11 regular holidays in a year as provided by Republic Act 9492 .
Republic Act No. (“R.A.”) 9492 was passed in 2007, reflecting the practice of moving certain holidays on the Monday following the holiday. The new law makes the holidays “movable” to Mondays, except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The practice, dubbed as “holiday economics,” was aimed at encouraging economic activity from people traveling and vacationing during the prolonged holiday. The law however requires the President to issue a proclamation six months before the holiday concerned before the holiday could be moved to a Monday.