Holidays For Filipino Outsourced Workers

The Philippines is one of the largest markets in the world for outsourced employees.  The Filipino people are well-educated, almost all speak fluent English, and all have a very good work ethic.  These are some of the nicest, most dedicated and hardest working people a company could ever hope to hire, so it is no surprise that so many businesses are choosing to outsource many of their key functions to these talented workers.

One of the challenges, however is that the Philippines recognizes some different national holidays than other countries, so the Filipino employees generally expect to have these days off.  If these expectations are not communicated between freelancer and employer, there can be confusion and misunderstanding.  To help clarify this issue for everyone, below is a list of holidays for outsourced workers from the Philippines:

Core Holidays – these are the holidays which are expected off
New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day
Holy Week (Thursday and Friday)
Independence Day (June 12)
All Saints Day (November 1)
All Souls Day (November 2)
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

Other Holidays which may be requested off or which may be spent working from home:

Holy Week (Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday)
Araw ng Kagitingan (Day of Valor – April 19) Remembers the Bataan Death March
Ninoy Aquino Day (August 21) Commemorates the assassination of Senator Benigno Aquino, Jr.
Labor Day (May 1)
National Heroes Day (August 30)  Celebrates the day Andres Bonifacio led Katipunan, the Filipino Revolutionary forces into the Cry of Pugad Lawin
Bonifacio Day (November 30) Commemorates the birth of Andres Bonifacio
Rizal Day (December 30) Commemorates the death of Jose Rizal, who dies for the honor of the Philippines

This is a comprehensive list of the holidays when Filipino outsourced workers may expect time off.  It is very important in the Filipino culture to be off work when time is typically spent with family.  This is usually during Holy Week, All Saints and All Souls Days, Christmas and New Year’s.  The other holidays may vary depending upon the desires of the individual employee and the nature of the contract with the employer.



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