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Philippines Confirm 2 Year-End Public Holidays

Source: Manila Bulletin (Manila)
Posted: Sunday, December 12, 2010

Philippines President, Benigno Aquino III, has announced that Friday, December 24 and 31, 2010, as special non-working holidays, as per the provisions of Proclamation No.1841.

Both Friday, December 24, and Friday 31, 2010, had been declared as special non-working holidays (2009-07-22), by former Philippines President, Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, when she issued Proclamation 1841 declaring 10 regular public holidays, four special non-working public holidays and one special public holiday for the calendar year 2010.

Secretary Herminio Coloma of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office has also announced that President, Aquino had finally decided that Rizal Day would be celebrated on Monday, December 27, 2010.

In principle, the December 30 public holiday should be moved to Monday, December 28, in 2010, under the "holiday economics" of Republic Act 9492, "An Act Rationalizing the Celebration of National Holidays" (2007-07-25), which mandates that most holidays, except those with religious significance, will be shifted to the nearest Monday. However, ever since Benigno Aquino III was elected President (2010-06-14, 2010-07-12 and 2010-08-06) he has made statements against the moving of fixed-date public holidays, and in some cases has actually reversed the terms of Proclamation 1841 by cancelling the moving of some public holidays (2010-08-11).

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