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The Labor and Employment Secretary of the Philippines, Marianito Roque, has announced Proclamation No. 2029, which declares Saturday, April 3, 2010, as a special (non-working) nationwide public holiday.
Proclamation 2029, issued by authority of the President, and signed by Executive Secretary, Leandro R. Mendoza, on March 24, 2010, justifies the declaration of Saturday, April 3, 2010, which falls between Good Friday and Easter Sunday, as a public holiday as follows: "our people must be given the full and uninterrupted opportunity to ponder on the significance of the Holy Week and to properly observe its traditions, without prejudice to public interest".
Although Black Saturday, the day before Easter, was not one of the official 2010 public holidays announced last summer (2009-07-22), it is regularly declared as such at the last minute (2009-04-08, 2008-03-13, 2006-04-07, and 2005-03-15).
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